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New Delhi: An RTI activist was beaten up and his legs pierced with nails by a group of unidentified assailants in Barmer district of Rajasthan.
Amra Ram Godara was attacked in his native Pareyu village on Tuesday and is in a critical condition. He had recently lodged a police complaint against illegal liquor trade, police said.
According to the Times of India, the assailants left Godara in a secluded area near Guda police station.
Taking cognisance of a complaint lodged on Godara’s behalf by a fellow activist, the State Human Rights Commission has sought a report from Rajasthan director general of police (DGP) and other officials regarding the attack.
Barmer Superintendent of Police (SP) Deepak Bhargava said, “Godara was attacked yesterday and due to critical injuries, he was referred to Jodhpur. The exact nature of his injuries will only be known after the medical report comes.”
“He had complained against illegal liquor trade, following which action was taken and illegal liquor was seized sometime back,” the SP said. He had also complained about irregularities in the PM Awas Yojana in the Kumpalia gram panchayat.
“Prima facie, people involved in the illegal liquor trade are behind the attack,” said Bhargava, who on Wednesday visited Pareyu.
Police teams have been formed to arrest the accused, he said.
Another activist based in Pali, Omaram Banjara, on Wednesday sent a complaint on the behalf of Godara regarding the attack to the State Human Rights Commission, alleging that the latter was abducted, thrashed badly and his legs pierced with nails by the accused.
According to Banjara, besides the illegal liquor trade complaint, Godara had lodged a complaint regarding irregularities in the development work carried out by the Kumpaliya panchayat in Barmer.
Banjara said the role of the local police and excise officials should also be probed in the matter.
(With PTI inputs)