Unidentified criminals shot dead a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader in the Jewar area of Bulandshahr district on Saturday evening, and injured his driver and a person travelling with him in the car.
The slain BSP leader, known as Israel, was the former chairman of the Jahangirpur Nagarpalika and political rivalry is suspected to be the motive for his murder, sources said.
“We are investigating the incident from all possible angles,” said Anees Ansari, Bulandshahr senior superintendent of police.
The incident took place around 8pm, when the BSP leader was on his way to Jewar after meeting a few people in Khurja. The moment he crossed the railway tracks, two motorcycle-borne assailants overtook his car and open fire at him from point-blank range. The driver and a person travelling with him also sustained minor injuries.
Passersby took Israel to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him dead after examination. Hundreds of his supporters arrived at the mortuary of the district hospital and expressed their anger against the “deteriorating law and order situation” in the district.
Additional force was deployed in Jahngirpur in order to prevent escalation of the situation.