Whistleblower forcibly taken to mental ward in UP
Lucknow: A provincial civil services officer, who on Monday sat on a hunger strike outside the state Assembly here demanding reply to his RTI application seeking details of funds left unused by the Social Welfare Department of Muzaffarnagar district between 2008-09, was forcibly taken away from the protest site by the police.
The Lucknow police, who removed Rinku Singh Rahi from the protest site around midnight, tried to get him admitted first to a local hospital and then to the psychiatric ward of a medical college, but doctors at both the places refused to take him in.
The PCS officer was then taken to his native place Aligarh.
Rahi said he was being targeted for having attempted to expose certain scams.
He had survived a murder attempt in Muzaffarnagar in 2009 while working as the Social Welfare Officer. The attack followed an investigation ordered by him into the allocation of funds to the Muzaffarnagar office, which led to the arrest of nine persons, including SP leader Mukesh Chowdhary and department assistant accountant Ashok Kashyap.
Rahi claims the reply of the RTI application would uncover the scam in Social Welfare Department of Uttar Pradesh.
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