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RTI activist manhandled in Gurgaon: He was looking into illegal construction in Sector 4
When an RTI activist tried to dig some information on what seemed like an illegal construction work in Gurgaon, he was in for some surprise. Sachin Gaur (RTI activist) was not only not allowed to check the records of the place, he was manhandled by some 8-10 goons and also booked in the Sector 4 police station for simply exercising his democratic right of asking certain questions.

When recently Gaur read an article in an English daily about a 'ghost construction,' going on in the Sector 4 near HUDA District Ayurvedic office, he was intrigued. The English daily was calling it a ghost construction, since no one (either HUDA or MCG) was taking responsibility of the construction. Gaur, being an activist filed three RTI's and he received one reply from the CMO office. The application gave him the right to go and check the illegal construction file.

"Since my father is not keeping well and I had to visit him on Monday, which was a holiday, I thought of making the most of the morning and visit the Sector 4 construction site first. When I reached the place at 9 am, I met a Dr. Rajashree and told her about the application and that I wanted to inspect the file,'' recounts Gaur. Dr.Rajashree refused point blank.

Sachin Gaur called up State Public Information Officer Dr. Reena, and she instructed him to get a written refusal from the aforementioned doctor. At this point Dr. Priyanka Gupta, who is the wife of MCG Commissioner came and started questioning Gaur. Not liable to answer her question, he nevertheless did the needful and was on his way out when he saw Dr. Priyanka Gupta talking to some 8-10 burly people. As soon as Gaur steeped out of the compound, he was accosted by these people and manhandled. With minor bruises he was able to flee the scenario.

He reported the matter to the Police Commissioner Sh Navdeep Virk, who said that he would look into the matter. Meanwhile, Gaur got to know that a case has been file against him in Sector 4 police station by Dr. Rajashree of harassment.

This incident clearly shows what Gurgaon is famous for- hooliganism. However, the chain of events points at one thing that there are some highly placed people involved with the entire thing, who doesn't want to give out any information about the illegal construction, which is going on in the area.

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