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Information Officer attacks Information Seeker

Freedom Forum is concerned over an incident where Right to Information Activist and Information seeker Manoj Kumar Rauniyaar was attacked by Information Officer Sima Rana and Rakesh Yadav of District Post office at Birjung of Parsa. Parsa district lies in Province 2 of Nepal.

According to FF's representative for Province 2 Rajan Singh, activist Rauniyaar was attacked by the officials for seeking information about the annual work progress of District office. For this reason, the officials verbally and physically abused the activist saying he has no right to question about the official activity.

FF condemns the incident as this is the sheer breach of Right to Information practice in the country. RTI is constitutionally guaranteed right where the public is free to ask questions to the public authority about the ongoing events and progress in the offices. Information officers are recruited under the RTI Act in order to facilitate citizens. Breaching of RTI law by RTI officer itself is condemnable. FF urges the concerned authorities to investigate the issue seriously and take actions against the perpetrators.

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