RTI activist found lying unconscious in Surat

An RTI activist from Mumbai was found unconscious on a roadside in Surat district after he was allegedly abducted by a gang.

Updated: Oct 16, 2011, 21:15 PM IST

Surat: An RTI activist from Mumbai, who had
sought information on various issues including Adarsh Society
scam, was found unconscious on a roadside in the district
after he was allegedly abducted by a gang, police said on Sunday.

42-year-old Santosh M Tiwari, a former employee of
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), was admitted to
Surat civil hospital after he was found in Palsana this
morning by a passer-by, they said.

Tiwari later told police that he was abducted by a gang of
"Dilawar" from Mira Road area in suburban Mumbai on Friday.
Tiwari works as a security consultant for a firm in Mumbai.

He said that the culprits came in a Mahindra Scorpio,
identified themselves as policemen, and said they wanted to
question him with regard to one of his RTI applications.

Tiwari said he was assaulted by one Vijay Marwadi, a
suspected member of the gang, and thrown on the floor of SUV.
Later, he was kept in a warehouse and was made to drink

Tiwari alleged that this was the fall-out of his RTI
applications, including those in Adarsh scam.

Police here said that they had informed their Mumbai
counterparts about the incident.