PRESS RELESERanchi: The United Milli Forum (UMF) Jharkhand condemns the brutal murder of the social activist Niyamat Ali Ansari in strong possible words. The murder of Niyamat Ali Ansari is yet another attempt to silence the voices against corruption and all those who are working to expose the irregularities in the implementation of government act and schemes like MGNREGA, RTI, ICDS, etc. Moreover, these killings further expose the nexus between contractors, administration and corrupt political leaders .
Niyamat was a great friend of UMF Jharnkhand and his martyrdom will continue of inspire the hundres of members of UMF across the state. Niyamat Ansari, who was resident of Kope Gram Panchayat (Manika Bloack), has been working tirelessly for the rights of NREGA workers in this area during the last few years. Together with other local activists, he fearlessly exposed many cases of fraud in NREGA. On 20 February 2011, Niyamat and his friends exposed a case of brazen embezzlement of NREGA funds in Rankikala Gram Panchayat. In response to this report, an FIR was lodged against the main culprit, Kailash Sahu, former BDO of Manika. More than two lakhs of rupees were also recovered from him and his accomplice, the Panchayat Sevak of Rankikala.
These activities made him a target of the local mafia of corrupt contractors and other criminal elements. False cases were registered against him and at least one earlier attempt was made on his life, when he narrowly escaped a gang of armed goondas who had come to look for him at home. While the BDO and Panchayat Sevak were caught because their names are on the fudged records, it is strongly suspected that the real mastermind behind this scam is Shankar Dubey, a notoriously corrupt local contractor (himself protected by a former MLA of this area). Like local activists, we strongly believe that the goondas who had come to his house were Shankar Dubey’s men.
1. Judicial probe in to the case and arrest of the culprits and others who are involved in corruption and charges of irregularities.
2. Compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs to his family and government job to at-least one member of the dependents.
3. Safety and Security of all those who are fighting against corruption and involved in implementation of government acts.
Afzal Anis/ 3 March 2011
State Co-convener, UMF Jharkhand
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