When Bharat H Gajjar and Milan Joshi, members of a Junagadh based NGO 'Lok Suraksha Dal' had sought information about primary schools in the city under the Right to Information Act, they did not expect to be threatened on the phone by unknown persons. However, the duo claimed to have received threatening calls, from unknown persons. The callers even threatened to kidnap their sons, if they did not withdraw the request for information from the authorities, the duo alleged. Gajjar reportedly received a threat call on Thursday evening.
The two have now lodged a complaint with the 'B' Division Police Station, which has registered a complaint under sections 506(2) and 507 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). No arrests have been made so far, though.
Joshi, who is also the president of the NGO said, "We had demanded detailed information about 116 primary schools in the city, from the district primary education office, under the RTI Act. Nearly 98 schools failed to furnish their details."
Joshi said, after a month long delay, he wrote a letter to the appealing authority, asking them to impose a fine of Rs 250 per day on the schools that had not furnished the details. He added that they had appeared before the office of the appealing authority to get all the details on March 13. However, the officials said that complete information could not be provided on the issue, as some of the schools were busy in the conduct of the exams.
Even as the duo awaited details on the issue, Gajjar received threatening calls from a cell phone number, 9974036296. "We are fighting in the larger interests of the students, but we have received threats. These calls are being made, because schools are not being managed in accordance with government norms. Corruption is rampant in our education system," said Gajjar.