In a shocking piece of news, a Right To Information (RTI) Activist was found dead in a pond in Telangana. The incident has happened in Telangana's Jangaon district and the police have apprehended three people in connection to the crime. The deceased was a retired Development Officer and he was killed over an enmity in a land issue.
The deceased was identified as 70-year-old Nalla Ramakrishnaiah and he was found dead in a quarry pond, three days after he went missing. The police were searching for Ramakrishnaiah after his son had filed a missing complaint and their searches eventually ended up by recovering his body on Monday - June 19. The police had then launched a probe into his death.
The police had arrested three people including G Anjaiah, who was the prime accused in the crime. According to reports, the police have revealed that Anjaiah had a dispute with Nalla Ramakrishnaiah after the latter complained against the former to the government officials over a land issue. After being irked by Ramakrishnaiah's complaint, the prime accused had hired a gang to kill the RTI activist.
The police further said that the gang had kidnapped Ramakrishnaiah at Pochannapeta on June 15. The gang had then strangled him to death using a towel. After killing him, the murderers had dumped the body in a quarry pond. On the other hand, Ramakrishnaiah's son had filed a missing complaint with the police to find his father. The investigation on his complaint had brought the murder to light.
Anjaiah, the prime accused, and two other contract killers were arrested by the police on Sunday and the efforts are launched to apprehend other accused, who were absconding. It has been reported that Ramakrishnaiah had filed RTI applications, civil suits in the court and he also had approached Human Rights Commission against Anjaiah for revoking the land deeds pertaining to the government-assisgned land in Pochannapet village.
Anjaiah had illegally occupied the land while Ramakrishnaiah had launched RTI battle against him, and it has sparked a personal enmity between them. Anjaiah had hired the gang to kill Ramakrishnaiah. He reached out to a man named Tirupati and offered him to pay Rs 8 lakh for killing the RTI activist. Tirupati agreed the offer by taking an advance amount of Rs 50,000 and his gang had kidnapped Ramakrishnaiah, killed him and dumped the body in a pond. It is pertinent to note that Anjaiah's wife is a local administration member and a part of the Telangana ruling party, BRS.