A dalit RTI activist was stabbed to death by unknown assailants in broad day light in Chilaluripet town of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh on Friday. A dalit was stabbed to death by unknown assailants in broad day light in Chilaluripet town of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh on Friday.Perumalla Suryanarayana, 30, was eating breakfast at a road-side restaurant near Tahsildar Office in the town when three men attacked him with knives and stabbed him indiscriminately. Suryanarayana died on the spot, while the miscreants fled the spot on motorcycles.
According to Chilakaluripet town circle inspector A Srinivas, the victim had several enemies as he had filed petitions with the officials under the Right to Information Act to seek information about land dealings and other property details of several people in the town.The police said there were a couple of cases against Suryanarayana too, such as blackmailing the people using the documents obtained under the RTI Act and indulging in settlement of land disputes."Being a dalit, Suryanarayana had also filed cases against several influential people under SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act. May be it was also one of the reasons for his murder. We have booked a murder case and are investigating," the inspector said.
This is the second murder of an RTI activist in the state in the last two years. In April 2010, RTI activist Sola Ranga Rao of Krishna district was murdered after he exposed the irregularities in funding of a drainage system in the village."Though the awareness levels among the people about RTI in Andhra Pradesh are not very high, the activists are facing attacks now and then for bringing out the irregularities in the society," said P Pavan, an RTI activist from Vijayawada.