CITY’S MADHWAPUR locality was rocked last night following the daring murder of a corporator candidate Shashi Varma. The murder was committed on the first floor of the building where the victim was living. He died on the spot.
Four men, said to be the alleged killers, entered the building which is a lodge.
They went to the room where the victim was sleeping but finding it locked from inside they poured petrol through the side openings in a bid to kill him by setting the room ablaze. With smoke and flames all around, the victim, who was taken aback by this sudden happening in the dead of the night, tried to rush out. But he was hit by at least four bombs which the killers hurled at him. They also fired several rounds from country-made pistols and other weapons to ensure his death.
Before this daring act the killers had bolted all the rooms from outside so that none of the occupants occupying several rooms could come out. However, Varma’s close friend and trusted lieutenant Mata Prasad rang up the control room from inside and alerted the cops who rushed to the scene without wasting any time. But by that time the killers had escaped leaving denizens of the locality in a state of daze.
The deceased, said to be a shady character himself was at loggerheads with a local goon Rajesh Sonkar over the issue of collection of Tehbazari.
On December 11, 2005 Rajesh had allegedly attacked the victim with a bomb that had hit him in the back.
The DIG, SSP and SP city rushed to the place along with a large number of cops after the murder to take stock of the situation.
A complaint against Rajesh Sonkar was reportedly handed over to the police by the family members of the deceased who rushed here from neighbouring Fatehpur district on getting the information. No arrests were reported to have been made till the reports last came in.