Saying that being an activist in India is a tough job would be an understatement. It is the most dangerous job in the world. It's shocking how anyone who raises a voice against corruption and immorality in India, ends up being ostracized, assaulted, harassed or dead.
Source : AP
Narendra Achyut Dabholkar (1 November 1945 – 20 August 2013) was an Indian rationalist and author from Maharashtra. He was the founder-president of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), an organization set up to eradicate superstition. On 20 August 2013, while out on a morning walk, Dabholkar was shot at by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle near Omkareshwar temple, Pune at 7:20 AM IST. He later succumbed to his injuries while being treated at Sassoon Hospital.
Shehla Masood (1973–2011) was an activist working primarily on wildlife conservation. She also supported other causes like good governance, the RTI Act, police reforms, women's rights and transparency. She fasted with Anna Hazare's for India Against Corruption. Shehla was very actively involved in raising issues related to the deaths of tigers in the various sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh. She co-founded RTI Anonymous, a service for whistle blowers for filing anonymous Right to Information (RTI) applications with Indian Government departments. She was shot dead in front of her house in Bhopal around 11:19 AM on August 16, 2011 by three persons who were hired by a local interior designer.
Santosh Koli (7 February 1984 – 7 August 2013) was an Indian politician, social activist and RTI activist operating in Delhi. She was a member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the party's candidate from Seemapuri constituency for the upcoming Delhi Vidhan Sabha 2013 elections. AAP members had claimed that Santosh received a call threatening her not to join politics. Santosh, along with another party activist Kuldeep, was headed to the AAP office on a motorcycle when a car rammed into the bike from behind and sped away. Santosh sustained brain injuries while Kuldeep had minor injuries. The impact of the collision was such that the motorcycle caught fire and was gutted within minutes of the accident. In 2005, local goons had attacked her twice with blades and surgical knives, but she had survived the assault at the time.
Amit Jethwa (Jethva) (1975 – 20 July 2010) was an Indian environmentalist and social worker, active in the Gir Forest area near Junagadh, Gujarat. He had filed several court cases against illegal mining in the protected area, naming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of parliament, Dinu Solanki as one of the respondents. On 20 July 2010, he was shot dead by two assailants on a motorbike. On September 6, Dinu Solanki's nephew Shiva Solanki was arrested for allegedly having ordered gun-for-hire Pachan Shiva and one other to commit the killing.
Satish Shetty (July 21, 1970 – January 13, 2010), popularly known as "Satish", was an Indian social activist, noted for exposing many land scams in Maharashtra. He had used the Right to Information Act to expose several irregularities in Government offices. He was killed on 13 January 2010, by unknown attackers in Talegaon.
Lalit Mehta (1972–2008) was an Indian RTI activist, who was killed brutally near Palamau on May 14, 2008. He was a prominent member of The Right to Food Campaign, working in the Vikas Sahyog Kendra in Palamau District, Jharkhand, and was using the RTI act to expose scams in National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). The Jharkhand government ordered a CBI probe into murder.
Satyendra Dubey (1973-2003) was a project director at the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). He was murdered in Gaya, Bihar after fighting corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral highway construction project.