RTI activists while voicing concern over Tuesday’s attack feared there is a serious threat to their campaign in unearthing truth in cases of public importance.
Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah felt there was no cause for alarm but agreed the incident was a cause for concern. Habibullah also spoke of the need for the Government to bring to book the guilty quickly in cases where citizens while exercising their right to seek information are killed. It should also consider providing protection to RTI activists, he said.
“I think this is not just a series of incidents that have taken place in the last one or two years. It is becoming a pattern,” said Arvind Kejriwal, adding that the attack on RTI activists can have a “demoralising effect” in the crusade against corruption.
Kejriwal also accused the police of ignoring pleas of RTI activists to provide protection in some cases.