New Delhi: RTI activist Ramesh Agrawal, Ramesh Agrwal, known for protecting local communities from industrial pollution and displacement due to industrial projects through the Right to Information Act (RTI), has alleged that contract killers were hired to get rid of him as he was proving to be too much of an impediment for the Jindal Steel and Power Ltd’s ambitious plans in Raigarh.

Agrwal said that he was convinced the conspiracy to murder him was hatched by Naveen Jindal.

Earlier in July, he was shot at in his office in a congested locality of Raigarh. Though he miraculously survived the attack, he has been bedridden due to his grievous injuries.

“My fight is on. The people who attacked me were only front men. Jindal is behind the conspiracy. And the guilty should be punished,” Agrwal said.

According to Agrwal, the Jindal group have fallaciously slapped a Rs 5 crore extortion case against him after the clearance for the JSPL’s Tamnar Power Plant was cancelled by the Ministry of Environment and Forest on his complaint.

The Jindals are believed to have been particularly miffed after coal block allocation to the company in Tamnar had been scrapped due to Agrwal’s crusade.

Agrwal has requested Chief Minister Raman Singh and Governor Shekhar Dutt to transfer the case to the CBI.


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