Umesh Shukla, a leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), has been shot dead in Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad district by two unidentified assailants, police said on Tuesday.
"Umesh Shukla, who was a village head in Allahabad district, was shot dead by two men in Naini locality of Allahabad," police inspector Indrajeet Chaturvedi told IANS over telephone. BSP is in power in Uttar Pradesh.
Shukla and one of his relatives were returning home in a car when two motorcycle-borne assailants blocked their way and opened fire. The BSP leader died on his way to the hospital, Chaturvedi said.
"Shukla's relative Munna, who also sustained bullet injuries in the incident, is being treated at a hospital. His condition is said to be critical," the official added.
Though the reason behind the murder is yet to ascertained, police said it could be related to political rivalry.
"It appears to be poll-related violence, but we can be sure only after a probe is completed," said Chaturvedi.
Shukla was the head of Aleemabad village in Allahabad district, some 200 km from Lucknow. He had recently shifted to the BSP from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).