RTI activist ‘exposing’ corruption in educational system shot dead

An RTI activist, who was also the headmaster in a government primary school, was shot dead by unidentified men in Mohammadabad police station area of Farrukhabad district on Thursday.

The victim, Anand Prakash Rajput (42), had used RTI to get information which he used to get three teachers dismissed from service for getting jobs on the basis of forged documents and the process of dismissal of three other teachers was in progress, said Farrukhabad Additional SP Om Prakash Singh.

Singh said that they were gathering information about these teachers as they are "prime suspects". He also said that Rajput was known as an RTI activist and often raised voice against irregularities in the Basic Education Department.

Farrukhabad SP Nilabja Choudhury said that about 15 RTI applications filed by Rajput were pending with the Education Department. The SP said that Rajput had also been chargesheeted in a case for allegedly molesting a colleague in another primary school where he was posted in 2010. The case is pending in court, he said.

The district's Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) Bhagwat Patel said Rajput was a headmaster at Ram Nagar primary school in Mohammadabad area. He had been transferred to this school in 2010 after a teacher levelled charges of molestation against him in his previous school.

However, he said, the departmental enquiry into the matter had ended and he was not facing any other enquiry presently.

Patel also said that Rajput had filed RTI applications related to the details of the educational documents of teachers posted in various primary schools in the district. Several such applications are under process at his office, said the BSA.

The ASP said, on Thursday, Rajput left the school along with a Class V student Mukesh at 12.30 pm on his motorcycle, to bring midday meal from a local supplier. Mukesh told the police that they had gone about 100 metres, when three youths riding a motorcycle stopped the teacher. They talked to Rajput for five minutes. Suddenly one of them whipped out a pistol and fired at him.

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