Lucknow: A right to information (RTI) activist has been shot at by four unidentified men in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, police said on Wednesday.

The incident occurred on Tuesday evening when Krishanpal had gone to the fields at Dhindhwali village. The 35-year-old was rushed to a hospital in a serious condition, Superintendent of Police (City) Satpal Antil said.

Prima facie, a complaint that Krishanpal had filed about the illegal possession of government land is suspected to be the reason behind the attack, the officer added.

Earlier this year, a 32-year-old RTI activist, who went missing in January, was found dead in Pune district of Maharashtra.

Police suspected that the deceased, Vinayak Shirsath, was murdered. The decomposed body was found near Mutha village on Lavasa road, a police officer said.

Shirsath, a resident of Pune, went missing on January 30 following which his family members had registered a police complaint on January 31.

“We later registered a kidnapping case on February 5 after his family raised suspicion that he might have been abducted as he had raised voice under the Right to Information (RTI) Act against illegal constructions in some parts of the city,” the official said.

In August last year, an RTI activist, whose petitions had led to action against quacks running illegal dental hospitals in Deoria, was shot at by five assailants outside his residence.

Thirty-five-year-old Tahir Khan suffered multiple bullet injuries on his chest and stomach. He was rushed to the district hospital from where he was referred to Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College.

Kotwali in-charge Rajesh Kumar Yadav told a daily, “Case has been registered against five people — Nadeem Khan, Saleem Khan, Amjad, Imtiyaz Khan and Javed Khan (all brothers). They have been booked under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation), 504 (breach of peace), 323 (voluntary causing hurt), 149 (unlawful assembly) and 148(rioting).”