There have been many incidents where RTI activists, police informers or complainants have been threatened by the persons who are accused of being involved in crime or corruption. Lingaraju’s murder is an example of how those who provide information to the police are even killed. The Lokayukta police conducted raids in properties owned by Azadnagar corporator Gowramma and her husband Govindaraju based on information provided by Lingaraju.
“There is no safety for people who are filing complaints with us,” said a Lokayukta police officer on condition of anonymity.
Ramanjanappa, who filed a case against former minister Katta Subramanya Naidu, and Puttaswamy, who filed a complaint against MLA S Muniraju, are examples of those who are under threat for filing complaints with the Lokayukta police.
Sampath Kumar, a police informer, was arrested in a robbery case after filing a complaint with the Lokayukta police. After coming out on bail, Sampath Kumar filed a complaint against the Chikkajala police for falsely implicating him in the case. Alam Pasha, who filed complaint against Murugesh Nirani and Farooq, who filed a complaint against MLA Sampangi have also been threatened. These people filed complaints about threats to their lives in the Lokayukta court and sought protection.
Due to the threats, they do not attend phone calls from strangers and try to remain inside their houses. Some of those who received threats also filed complaints with the chief minister, home minister and the commissioner of police. But no action has been initiated. A senior police officer requesting anonymity said, “If anyone comes to me and complains of threat, action will be taken and security will be provided.”