RTI activist found dead in Pune

The body of a prominent Right to Information (RTI) activist Vilas Baravkar was found hanging in his house in suburban Chakan town near here on Tuesday morning, police said. They believed it to be a case of suicide.

The police have recovered a suicide note from Baravkar’s home in Chakan, 33 km from Pune, police officials told mediapersons.

The two-page, hand-written suicide note on a Rs 100 stamp paper has named at least four dozen people, including well-known politicians, police personnel and lower-level government officials  as responsible for his suicide.

Investigating officer Kishore Patil said all details in the note would be investigated.

Police would also probe his past complaints against various people pertaining to land scams and illegal constructions in and around the Chakan area, Patil said.

Over the past few years, Baravkar had gained a formidable reputation as a whistle-blower against unauthorised building activities in the area.

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