Says his complaint against 250 govt officials went unheeded

Bhopal: Whistleblower and journalist of a weekly newspaper committed suicide at the fourth floor of Mantralaya, Vallabha Bhavan, on Tuesday afternoon after his application for protection and registering case against tainted government officers went unheard.

Rajendra Kumar, 45, editor of weekly Janseva Times, had sent SMS to media persons before the incident and submitted a complaint to DGP Nandan Dubey and IG ( cyber crime) on September 30 seeking protection from the government officers threatening him, police sources said.

He consumed poison at the fourth floor of the Mantralaya at 2.45 pm and was brought to JP Hospital immediately in a police vehicle. Media persons who received his SMS immediately forwarded it to local police officers who rushed him to hospital. He died at Hamidia hospital where he was referred to.

In a 23- page note, addressed to DGP Nandan Dubey, he had sought protection from the officers as he constantly raised voice against 250 government officers who managed to get entry in government jobs through bogus caste certificate for last eight years.

He had particularly quoted names of Dr Shailendra Khambra and SS Bhandari, assistant director of SC- ST welfare department, who issued life threats to him, he moved high court against the government’s lethargy in taking action against them.

In the SMS, he stated he had submitted an affidavit to IG ( cyber crime) with the complaint. No proper action was taken by the police.

He said that the government officers kidnapped him and took him to Uttar Pradesh and forced him to sign on blank paper declaring withdrawal of his complaint regarding bogus caste certificate. He referred to a dozen applications which he submitted since 2006 to police officers.

After his suicide, the case became high profile and police swung into action. IG, Bhopal range, Sanjay Jha reached Mantralaya and collected information about the case.

Leader of opposition in assembly Ajay Singh however, trained guns on the sate government saying that Rajendra Kumar was left with only this way to protest against the government’s protection to tainted officers. He said that the government had turned a blind eye to the recommendations of Press Council in the case of Chandrika Rai, a journalist, who was murdered in Umaria district.

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