Wednesday 23 April 2014
News updated at 10:11 PM IST
Weather
Max: 35.5°C
Min : 21.5°C
In Bangalore
Partially cloudy

Whistle-blower hacked to death

Bangalore, Nov 20, 2012, DHNS:

An RTI activist and whistle-blower was hacked to death at Vittal Nagar in Chamarajpet early Tuesday morning.

Lingaraju, 40, a resident of Markandeya Layout, Vittal Nagar, was butchered by three men right in front of his house when he and his wife were fetching water from a public tap.

Lingaraju’s wife Uma told Deccan Herald, “We were fetching water from the tap when three men attacked my husband with lethal weapons. I cried for help, but no one came out of their houses. The assailants coolly walked away. I have never seen them before,” she said.


Lingaraju was rushed to a nearby private hospital where doctors declared him dead. An autopsy was performed at Victoria Hospital and the body handed over to his relatives.
A native of  Koodlukoppa village, Maddur, Lingaraju is survived by his wife and two sons, Karthik and Arjun.

A former employee of Canara Bank, he had launched a Kannada tabloid, Maha Prachanda, but shut it down some years ago to become a full-time RTI activist. He also dabbled in real estate and was associated with the Congress party.

Political rivalry

Recently, Lingaraju had filed a complaint in the Special Lokayukta Court against his political rival Govindaraju, husband of Azadnagar corporator Gowramma. He had also lodged a complaint with the Upalokayukta against the couple.

The Lokayukta police on November 9 had raided Gowramma and Govindaraju and recovered property worth more than Rs 16 crore. Lingaraju is also said to have provided crucial documents, during preliminary investigations of the cases involving Gowramma and Govindraju, which subsequently led to the raids, police said.

Uma said that Gowramma, on learning that Lingaraju had filed a complaint against her family with the Lokayukta, had sent some people to strike a deal to get the complaint withdrawn.

“The corporator had even offered my husband Rs 10 lakh as bribe. But, when he rejected the offer, he was threatened with dire consequences,” she said. The family has now lodged a complaint with the Chamarajpet police, alleging that Gowramma and her associates were behind the murder of Lingaraju.

Chamarajpet police have registered a murder case and are investigating.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A woman with her son watches from a window the election campaign rally of National Conference...

A woman with her son watches from a window the election campaign rally of National Conference...

People get their face painted to create awareness on importance of voting in Mumbai on Wednesday...

People get their face painted to create awareness on importance of voting in Mumbai on Wednesday...

Girls display placards to create awareness on voting in Guwahati on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Girls display placards to create awareness on voting in Guwahati on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Artists make paintings of Sachin Tendulkar to wish him on the eve of his birthday in Moradabad...

Artists make paintings of Sachin Tendulkar to wish him on the eve of his birthday in Moradabad...

Police personnel ride a 'jugaad' on their way to polling booths on the eve of Lok Sabha elections...

Police personnel ride a 'jugaad' on their way to polling booths on the eve of Lok Sabha elections...

Girls learn martial arts during a self defense training camp in Faridabad on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Girls learn martial arts during a self defense training camp in Faridabad on Wednesday. PTI Photo

A woman voter showing inked finger to her children during repolling at a polling booth in Kochi...

A woman voter showing inked finger to her children during repolling at a polling booth in Kochi...

A honeybee caught feeding on nectar in ...

A honeybee caught feeding on nectar in ...

Models walk the ramp displaying jewellery during a fashion show in Chandigarh on Wednesday...

Models walk the ramp displaying jewellery during a fashion show in Chandigarh on Wednesday...

Devotees pray and take dip on the banks of the river Ganges, in Varanasi. AP Photo

Devotees pray and take dip on the banks of the river Ganges, in Varanasi. AP Photo

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523