DK Ravi Kumar was not the only one who had to pay off with his life or who was threatened of dire consequences on blowing the lid of some well-knitted mafia, there had been many others who treaded or are still treading the same path and faced gruesome outcome of their efforts to curb growing corruption in the society.
They blew the whistle, they informed the authorities, yet government has never been successful in rewarding them equally.
This also reminds one of the recent announcement of the government encouraging people to blow whistle off the black money holders. Is it really a safe territory?
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Check what these top-notch government officials faced when they exposed the corrupt -
Dr Ashok Khemka, an IAS officer, was in news due to his allegations of irregularities in land deals involving Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and real-estate giant DLF. In his 21-year old career, 47-year-old Khemka has been transferred more than 40 times and has received several death threats from anonymous people after he exposed the land mafia in Haryana.
Durga Shakti Nagpal is an Indian bureaucrat, civil servant and officer in the Uttar Pradesh cadre of the Indian Administrative Services. She came into limelight when she launched a massive drive against corruption and illegal sand mining in NCR area of the Capital.
She was later suspended by the state's government for allegedly demolishing an illegal mosque wall which resulted in severe opposition as it wa spercieved to be on flimsy grounds. Her suspension was revoked by the Uttar Pradesh government on 22 September 2013.
Narendra Kumar was an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer who was allegedly killed by members of the mining mafia in March 2012. He was run over by tractor carrying mined stones after he tried to stop it. He was killed at a time when his wife, an IAS officer was on maternity leave.
MN Vijayakumar is an IAS officer in Karnataka who blew whistle exposing serious corrupt practices at high level in the state. He and his wife have faced 40 death threats and endless transfers as the couple exposed corruption in the highest ranks of the Karnataka government.
Shanmugan Manjunath was an A-grade officer for Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) who was murdered for sealing a petrol station in U.P. which sold adulterated fuel. He was shot dead on 19 November 2005 by the pump owner wand several others involved in the crime.
His murderers were convicted after around 16 months of his death on 24 march 2007.
Satyendra Dubey was an Indian Engineering Services (IES) officer who lost his life while fighting corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral highway construction project. He was murdered on 27 November, 2003 in Gaya, Bihar on exposing large-scale flouting of NHAI rules regarding sub-contracting and quality control.
Almost after six years of his death, the three acused of his murder were convicted by the Patna Court.