Trouble for the newly-formed government in Uttar Pradesh is showing no signs of abating. After gunfire in Aurayia by a Samajwadi Party (SP) worker killed a youth, a scuffle turned ugly in Kanpur on Monday, leading to the killing of an autorickshaw driver by a SP worker.
Police said that both partie were affiliated in "some way or the other to the ruling SP" and the killing was a result of "extortion". The incident took place at Panki when a SP worker allegedly beat a tempo driver to death as the latter refused to pay Rs 300. The deceased has been identified as Ankit Yadav and the assailant has been identified as Prashant Tiwari.
Superintended of Police (Crime) Ashfaq Ahmad told IANS that both parties involved were from the SP and the murder was an outcome of a heated argument over extortion. Local SP leaders however said that Tiwari, who runs a hotel in the area, beat the tempo driver to death in a fit of anger after he refused to cough up "parking fees". He was hit by sticks and iron rods after which he collapsed and died on way to a hospital.
While local party leaders refused to comment on the incident party spokesman Rajendra Chowdhary also gave a muted response and said that he will "enquire tomorrow on what the incident actually was."