Police officials have been asked to take action against those involved in alleged attacks against applicants under the Right to Information Act by booking criminal cases, Information Commissioner R. Dileep Reddy has said.

Investigation was going on into whether filing applications under the Act had anything to do with the killing of K. Ranga Rao in Krishna district and the attack on Srinivasa Rao of Markapuram.

Mr. Reddy was speaking at an awareness meeting organised by Samachara Hakku Rakshana Vedika here on Sunday.

He felt the awareness was increasing going by the number of applications.

The number was a mere 8,000 in the first year and now it had gone up to five lakhs.

However, he did not agree with the view that the Act was being misused.

The Act would catch up with those indulging in wrongdoing and in Prakasam district misuse of funds came to light because of the Act.

District Revenue Officer D. Venkat Reddy felt the required information should be sought but in a brief manner. Also, information pertaining to various departments should be sought from the heads concerned but not from the district Collector.

Also training programmes were being conducted continuously at every level for the implementation of the Act, he said.

Rakshana Vedika convener Kandergula Venkataramana presided.

Vidyardhi Law College chairman Venkata Rao and activists from East Godavari and north Coastal districts participated.