Marking the second such incident in a week, a local Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was shot dead in Deoband area of Saharanpur on Saturday morning. Dhara Singh, a corporator in the Deoband municipal corporation, was driving to a local sugar mill, where he worked when he was stopped near the railway crossing by two bike-borne unidentified assailants who then shot at the BJP leader from a close range, confirmed the police.
Locals took him to the Community Health Centre, Deoband, where he was declared brought dead.
“According to eyewitnesses, the assailants were on a bike and their faces were covered. We have formed two teams and combing operation has started,” said Senior Superintendent of Police, Saharanpur, Dinesh Kumar who also confirmed that as of now, police have not been able to ascertain the motive behind the murder.
The dead body of the BJP leader has been sent to the Saharanpur mortuary for the post-mortem examination.
This is the second murder of a BJP leader in the area in the last five days. On October 8, Chaudhary Yashpal Singh, former district vice president of BJP Kisan Morcha, and brother of the local village headman was shot in a similar manner by bike-borne assailants in Miragpur village of Deoband.