An unidentified man holding a country-made pistol walked up to the dais where local BSP leader Hanuman Sharan Shukla and others were addressing party workers, in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda district, on Wednesday, and shot Shukla from close range.
As Shukla collapsed on the dais — close to the district panchayat office — and BSP workers ran to seek cover, the assailant escaped, leaving the gun behind. Several policemen were present at the spot.
Shukla was declared dead at the district hospital. The murder was caught on camera.
Shukla (42), who had criminal cases against him, was planning to contest the 2012 polls from the Tarabganj Vidhan Sabha seat on a BSP ticket, and was in campaign mode.
“We are scanning Shukla’s criminal history (to get any clues into the murder),” a police officer said. “Some cases were lodged against him at the Tarabganj police station.”
Assistant SP, Gonda, Manik Chand Saroj, claimed no one saw the assailant firing at Shukla. “The police are investigating the case and hope to nab the killer soon,” he said.
The rally was called to protest the women’s reservation Bill.