In yet another horrific incident, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has been shot dead by unidentified assailants in Uttar Pradesh, making it third such murder in the state in the past one week.
According to the reports, 47-year-old BJP corporator Dhara Singh, who was also employed as a sector-in-charge at a local sugar mill, was killed by two bike-borne assailants near a railway crossing while he was on his way to work from his residence in Deoband. The assailants opened fire, killing the BJP leader on the spot.
Saharanpur SSP Dinesh Kumar said, “Unidentified assailants opened fire at Dhara Singh near Rankhandi railway crossing. Fatally injured Singh was declared brought dead at a community health centre. His body has been sent for post-mortem.”
The police are yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder. The SSP added that they are in touch with the family members of the deceased and are trying to ascertain the possible motive behind the murder.
On October 8, BJP leader Chaudhary Yashpal Singh was gunned down in a similar manner in Deoband. Prior to that, another BJP leader Kabir Tiwari, also a former student leader, was shot dead in Basti. The murder of Tiwari had led to student groups going on a rampage and burning down government vehicles. Later, Basti SP Pankaj Kumar was transferred and a departmental inquiry was initiated against him.
Speaking to the media Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Avanish Awasthi had said that the initial findings suggested Pankaj Kumar’s negligence in handling the cases. Awasthi had said that Kumar has been found guilty of irresponsible functioning and was found that he did not properly ensure the checklist issued by the DIG Range.