After Writer Sudheendra Kulkarni, Shiv Sena Workers Now Blacken Face Of RTI Activist

31/10/2015 10:59 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
Hindu activists and Shiv Sena Nepal hold tridents as they take out a rally demanding that Nepal be declared a Hindu Kingdom and monarchy be restored, in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, May, 25, 2011. A communist-dominated Constituent Assembly voted in May 2008 to abolish the centuries-old monarchy and declared Nepal a republic and a secular state. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

MUMBAI -- Shiv Sena workers on Friday assaulted and blackened the face of a Right to Information activist at Latur in Maharashtra's Marathwada region, after he "exposed" an illegal construction case.

The activist Mallikarjun Bhaikatti had, through an RTI query, revealed that around 14,000 square feet illegal construction was carried out in a four-storeyed building and boys hostel on the Latur-Nanded road.

Bhaikatti had addressed a press conference at Latur yesterday to "expose" the illegal construction, police said.

The Sena workers brought Bhaikatti to the college premises today when around 4,000 students were present and assaulted him with an iron rod, before blackening his face.

The injured RTI activist has been admitted to a hospital in Latur.

Local Sena activist Abhay Salunke said Bhaikatti was a "blackmailer".

Earlier this month, Sena workers had blackened the face of Sudheendra Kulkarni, chairman of the Observer Research Foundation, in an ink attack ahead of the launch of Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove: An Insider's Account of Pakistan's Foreign Relations authored by former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.

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