The Andhra Pradesh Information Commission has ordered an inquiry into the death of Sola Ranga Rao, a Right To Information (RTI) activist, in Krishna district. The activist was found murdered near his house earlier this month and his family members had alleged that he was killed because of the RTI application he had filed with a district office regarding funding of the village’s drainage system.
The 30-year-old activist, resident of Sitaram village, had filed various RTI applications seeking information from the Mandal Parishad Development Office (MPDO) on the fund sanctioned and utilised for the village’s drainage system. Family members of Sola Ranga Rao alleged he was murdered by miscreants who were involved in siphoning off of funds allocated for the drainage system.
The information commission suspects the involvement of the Public Information Officer (PIO) of MPDO in Ranga Rao’s alleged murder. “We suspect the PIO’s involvement in leaking information to people who could have murdered Ranga Rao. We have directed Krishna district magistrate Peeyush Kumar and superintendent of police D Ramakrishnaiah, in two separate letters to submit a copy of the investigations to us at the earliest,” said R Dileep Reddy, state information commissioner.