An employee working in R.T.I. office situated in Roberts Ganj, Jilla Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh informs Prakash Chaturvedi that Doctor Om Prakash Tiwari wants each and every information about village, roads, electricity and thus Doctor Om Prakash Tiwari gets a reply from jilla Parishad office later, Doctor Om fumes in anger as the Government employees were looting villagers money which belonged to innocent villagers. Doctor was working for (MANREGA) Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in Robert Ganj, this act belongs to those villagers who are jobless, but this does not go too well with other Government employees thus they try to kill him but Doctor survives later, Goon tries to shoot him and he is admitted in the hospital. Will he survive? Will he succeed in punishing those corrupt government employees?

Social activist shot at; accuses mafia for attack

VARANASI: A homeopath practitioner and social activist, Amarnath Pandey suffered pellet injuries on his head in mysterious circumstances at Robertsganj area under the same police station in Sonebhadra district on Wednesday.

Pandey had been in the limelight in recent past for exposing the malpractice committed to allegedly grab the funds of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) by mafia in Ghorawal block.

According to reports, he was returning home from the market on the night of Wednesday. When he reached close to his house some unidentified miscreants opened fire at him and fled from the scene. Pandey had a narrow escape as he suffered a minor injury on his head in this attack. He was immediately taken to district hospital. Later, Pandey alleged that the MNREGS mafia had engineered the attack on him. However, when SP Sonebhadra, Deepak Kumar, was contacted on Thursday, he said that Pandey had sustained pellet injury but the empty shell, which he claimed to have recovered from the incident site, was of .32 bore. This fact makes the episode sound fishy.

However, Kumar said, the allegations of Pandey have been taken seriously and a probe into the matter is on.

Meanwhile, in protest against the attack on Pandey, scores of social activists staged a demonstration in Badauli Chawk area. They demanded that the police arrest the assailants at the earliest.

As reported by on January 28, 2011:
Second attempt to kill RTI activist

Second attempt to kill RTI activist

Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh: A right to information activist Dr Amar Nath Pandey has been shot at in the Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh reportedly for seeking information on corruption in the implementation of MNREGA schemes in the area and exposing district level corruption.

This was the second attempt on his life in the last one week when a jeep had tried to run him over.

The main suspect, the Block Development Officer, was suspended after his expose.

''I was coming back after consulting a child specialist regarding viral fever of my grandson. In the narrow alley near Bechu Halwai that goes up to Sonbhadra Pathologist centre through Samsuddin's house, a person came running from behind, fired and fled," said RTI activist Dr Amar Nath Pandey.

Pandey informed us that he was shot at. Prima facie, he is out of danger and was talking despite being fired upon. He said that he has been raising voice against Gharaulia block BDO (Rajesh Yadav), who attacked him in an act of immediate rage. FIR has been lodged against Rajesh Yadav, Rajesh Dubey and one more person," said Deepak Kumar Superintendent of Police, Sonbhadra.

Pandey's RTI query had revealed that local roads were being constructed under NREGA with a sanction of 24 rupees for each brick.

When in reality the bricks cost no more than four rupees apiece.

Money had been sanctioned to repair old roads, though on paper they were classified as new road constructions.

Also, NREGA money was being paid to job cards issued in the name of dead people.

Sonbhadra residents have mobilised in support of their hero but the lack of protection for whistleblowers means they have to fight the battle on many fronts.