RTI activist commits suicide by consuming celphos outside state secretariat
Rajendra Kumar, a 42 years old RTI activist, allegedly ended his life by consuming Celphos (aluminium phosphide) tablets at the state secretariat in Bhopal. As per reports, Rajendra Kumar is a resident of Piplani, and also publisher of a weekly tabloid. He committed suicide on October 15 outside the chief secretary's office in the afternoon. He was a whistleblower and was said to be under immense pressure from some powerful people against whom he had highlighted irregularities in securing government jobs on the basis of fake caste certificates.
Soon after he had gone to deposit a form for their elder daughter at a college in the morning of October 15, his phone had become unreachable. After alleged consumption of poison in the afternoon, he was rushed to the Hamidia Hospital where he died in the evening.
It has been learnt that Rajendra Kumar had filed an application to the DGP at Govindpura police station in the city, threatening to commit suicide if an FIR was not registered against 31 persons who he named for using fake caste certificate for securing a job. He had claimed that apart from being abducted and beaten up, he had faced threats for years from these people.