A BJP MLA’s relative was shot dead by unidentified people while he was on a morning walk in Bhind on Friday morning.
Fifty-year-old Lalji Singh, cousin of ruling party legislator Narendra Singh Kushwah, was killed around 500 metres from his house in Block Colony around 5.30 am. Police said the accused fired twice. While the first bullet missed Singh, the second hit him in the back — killing him instantly.
Though Kushwah was rushed to a hospital, he was declared dead on arrival.
“A case of murder has been lodged against unidentified people, and an investigation is underway,” said superintendent of police (Bhind), Navneet Bhasin.
Police said Singh, a rich farmer who used to dabble in real estate, left his house about 15 minutes prior to his murder. Significantly, the incident took place in the vicinity of Kushwah’s residence.
According to sources in the Bhind police, the deceased’s sons — Shivam and Saurabh — were recently accused of attempted culpable homicide and using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty respectively. They were yet to be arrested.
Bhind police are yet to identify the motive behind Singh’s murder. Various angles, including the recent crimes allegedly committed by his sons and possible rivalry in land dealings, are being investigated.
The murder took place just two days after Jamila Khan, a minority cell leader of the BJP, was found murdered at her house in Bhopal’s Gautam Nagar.