Satyendra D (easy), p2

Satyendra felt that, to help his country, he had to tell the prime minister what was happening, so he wrote a letter to him. He knew that he was doing something dangerous. He knew that the letter might be seen by corrupt people in the government and he knew that many Indian engineers had been murdered in the past.

Soon after writing the letter, some people in Gaya found out what Satyendra had done even though he had tried to keep it secret. These people told him that he would be hurt if he didn’t stop talking about corruption. He also got into trouble with the government. He got a letter from them telling him that he should not have written straight to the prime minister. He wrote back saying that he was only trying to make sure that the road was properly built.

Soon after writing the second letter, Satyendra went to another city for a wedding. He left early in the morning and came back by train in the middle of the night. From the station he phoned his driver and asked him to come to pick him up. But his driver told him he couldn’t do this because the car wouldn’t start.

No one knows what happened next. Satyendra never got home. When his driver went to look for him, he found him dead by the side of the road. He had been shot.

Later a rickshaw driver said that he had picked Satyendra up and, as they had driven along the road, they had been stopped by robbers who had killed Satyendra. But after saying this the rickshaw driver went away and could not be found again. In the end, the police said that Satyendra had just had bad luck and been killed by ordinary robbers, but all Satyendra’s friends believed he had been murdered by the corrupt businessmen he was fighting against.

- information from: http://www.skdubeyfoundation.org; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyendra_Dubey;India Abroad, 03.12.19; The Indian Express, 03.12.06 (Subrata Nagchoudhury and Varghese K. George); The Telegraph (Calcutta) 04.10.26, 04.01.05

bid:
an offer to do a job for a certain amount of money

bribe:
money offered to government worker as ‘pay’ for letting you do something against the law;

capital:
city where the government is

corrupt:
being willing to take money (bribes) to do bad things (especially at work)

engineer:
person who has graduated from university in technical subject (such as building)

graduate:
successfully finish studies at school, college or university

prime minister:
the leader of the the government

rickshaw:
small two-wheeled vehicle pulled by running man