UP: Protesting whistleblower officer sent to mental asylum
Lucknow: In yet another incident that surfaces the sorry state of whistleblowers in their fight against corruption, a PCS officer, who on Monday sat on hunger strike outside State Assembly, was forcibly taken to a psychiatric ward of a medical college in the capital city.
According to the reports, Provinical Civil Services officer, Rinku Singh Rahi was staging dharna demanding reply to his RTI application seeking details of money not used by the Social Welfare Department of Muzaffarnagar district in the year 2008-09, was not only whisked away from the protest site by police but also
In the midnight drama, the Lucknow police tried admitteding Rinkit to a local hospital first and then to the psychiatric ward of a medical college, but doctors at both the places refused to take him in. He was then sent off to his hometown Aligarh.
Going by Rahi, the reply of the RTI application would uncover the scam in Social Welfare Department of Uttar Pradesh.
Rahi said he was being targeted at the behest of his department officials who he was trying to expose.
Rahi has been raising the issue of corruption in the state government sponsored schemes ever since his stint as the District Social Welfare Officer in Muzzafarnagar in 2009.
Notably, Rinku survived a murderous attack in 2009, while he was posted as Social Welfare Officer in Muzaffar Nagar. He had ordered an inquiry into the allocation of funds to the Muzaffarnagar office. Nine persons, including SP leader Mukesh Chowdhary and department assistant accountant Ashok Kashyap, were arrested.
He has exposed corruption to the tune of Rs. 40 crore, for which he also suffered an attempt on his life when the local mafia pumped six bullets into him on March 26, 2009 - in that assault, he lost vision in one eye.