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Lucknow:  An RTI activist was on Saturday hacked to death by henchmen of a village head in Bahraich,  police said.

The activist was rushed to a medical facility by his friends and family members but he could not be saved.

The village head was arrested after a police complaint was filed, a police official said.

According to police, the incident took place in Hardi Gaura village where RTI activist Guru Prasad had sought information on some development work initiated by village head Triloki Nath.

Incensed at this, the village head with some of his supporters barged into his house and attacked him with pickaxes, sticks and some other sharp-edged weapons, police said.

They left him badly injured and fled the crime scene.

Guru’s son Vijay and daughter Rinki were also injured in the assault.

The activist’s body has been sent for post-mortem examination and police have filed a first information report (FIR) against Triloki Nath and his men, after which the village head was arrested.

Former BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi termed it “another example of the lawlessness in the state”.

“The fact that the tragedy took place just a few days after a journalist was burnt alive at the behest of a state minister, and another journalist was shot dead in Kanpur speaks volumes of the jungle-raj in the state,” the BJP leader told IANS.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state spokesman Vaibhav Maheshwari said senior party leader Sanjay Singh will be visiting the village on Monday.

A statewide protest will be organised by the AAP on June 16 against the ‘hooliganism’ taking place under the Akhilesh Yadav government. (IANS)

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Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS

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