An RTI activist died in Bhopal on Sunday. The deceased had filed an RTI petition against the powerful BJP MLA in his area and several close bureaucrats of Shivraj Singh Chauhan. The deceased Manoj Tripathi died under suspicious circumstances from the roof of his house.
Tripathi lived in Dwarka Heights Building of Sarvadham Colony located in Kolar area of Bhopal. On the night of 2 November, he fell from the roof of his five-storey house under suspicious circumstances. Many bones of his body were broken. He was rushed to a private hospital in Shahpura. Tripathi was on the life support system for more than two weeks. He died on Sunday.
The relatives of Tripathi say that on the night of November 2, they went to the terrace talking to someone on the phone and then fell down from there. Family members say that when they ran to his body, 3-4 policemen surrounded him.
Talking to Newslaundry, one of his relatives Anjani Pandey said, “I was leaving him at his house and returning to my home. Then I got a call that such an accident has happened. I ran back to his house. There were already policemen there. ”
Huge Piece Of Land
Tripathi is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. He was identified as an RTI activist. Three days before this incident, he lodged a complaint against Rameshwar Sharma, MLA of Kolar area and vice president of Madhya Pradesh BJP. On October 29, 2018, Tripathi sent this complaint to Chief Election Commissioner of India OP Rawat, Chief Election Commissioner of Madhya Pradesh VAL Kantrao and District Collector of Bhopal Sudam Khade.
In his complaint, Tripathi wrote that MLA Rameshwar Sharma is forcibly occupying 7000 square feet of land and making it illegal construction. In the complaint sent to the Chief Election Commissioner, he demanded that an FIR be lodged against Sharma and necessary legal action should be taken. Along with his complaint, he had attached a document and map of the annexed land. A copy of those documents is available with Newslaundry.
Earlier, Tripathi had also filed a complaint against SK Mishra, Mangla Mishra, Anupam Rajan and Anil Mathur. All these people are senior IAS officers and are associated with Directorate of Public Relations in Madhya Pradesh. He made his complaint to the SP and Economic Offenses Wing of Bhopal and demanded action against him. It is alleged that all these officials are giving government money in the form of advertisement to some fake news websites and through this they are involved in rigging.
Apart from this, Tripathi had also filed a corruption complaint against Additional Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh Water Resources Department Radheshyam Julania.
It is important to know that in the year 2016, Tripathi attempted self-immolation by setting himself on fire in front of the Governor’s residence in Bhopal. Tripathi demanded that the then Governor Ramnaresh Yadav be arrested for his alleged involvement in the Vyapam case.
In this regard, we approached Sunil Sharma, SHO of Kolar Police Station and tried to know the suspicious circumstances of Tripathi’s death. Sharma told, “He fell down from the roof due to which he was drunk. There is nothing suspicious in his death. “On doing a little more research, Sharma said,” I will not be able to talk about this more than this. We are waiting for the postmortem report. ”
Ajay Dubey, a social worker from Bhopal, says, “He did many notable works related to the Municipal Corporation, Water Resources and Public Works Department. There should be an independent and impartial investigation into the matter. He was constantly working against corruption. His death cannot be accepted blindly. There is something wrong behind his death. ”