Tuesday, January 10, 2012

[HumJanenge] RTI activist murdered by TN land mafia

RTI activist murdered by TN land mafia
A Selvaraj TNN

Chennai: Police have booked former DMK legislator B Ranganathan as prime accused in the murder of a man fighting against land-grabbers in Avadi on the outskirts of Chennai.
    S Bhuvaneswaran, 38, was hacked to death in the presence of his four-year-old daughter outside his house in Kolathur on Tuesday. Bhuvaneswaran had filed RTI applications to retrieve titles on about 18 acres of land belonging to his family and other acquaintances after the plots were forcibly occupied by a gang allegedly led by the former DMK MLA. He was in the process of filing more RTI applications to help other owners strengthen their claims on roughly 82 acres of encroached land in Veerapuram near Avadi.
    Bhuvaneswaran, who lived in Gandhi Nagar in Kolathur, was on a motorcycle with his daughteraround 12.15pm when two bike riders intercepted them on a street near his house. One of them grabbed the girl. The other got off the bike and hacked Bhuvaneswaran with a sickle. Kolathur police have registered a murder case and launched a hunt for the accused.

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