RTI activist shot at after seeking info from village head in UP

A 48-year-old RTI activist was shot at near his home in Tofapur village here after he had sought information from the village head about the development works undertaken in the area.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 05, 2014, 17:50 PM IST

Meerut: A 48-year-old RTI activist was shot at near his home in Tofapur village here after he had sought information from the village head about the development works undertaken in the area.

The victim, identified as Kailash, was attacked yesterday and is now out of danger, police said.

Resident of Tofapur, Kailash had twice sought information under the RTI from the village head about the development works undertaken in the area and the expenses on them, SHO, Inchauli police station, T S Yadav said.

After being allegedly denied information by the village head ('gram pradhan'), Kailash lodged a complaint in this connection with the State Information Commission in Lucknow and the SIC had fixed a hearing on September 5, Yadav said.

The activist was shot at near his house when he was on his way to Lucknow yesterday, he said.

He was taken to nearby hospital where the doctors removed the bullet he had sustained in the attack, he said.

Four persons including the village head have been booked after a complaint filed by the family of the victim, police said.