Police were hunting for three brothers of a Samajwadi Party MLA on Monday after one of them allegedly gunned down a man in Uttar Pradesh while the others helped cover up the murder.
Officials said the main accused, Annu Paswan, killed Jairam Yadav in a fit of rage last week after their vehicles brushed each other in Gonda district.
While Annu fled from the spot, his brothers, Pappu and Angad, went home in another car, which they allegedly smashed to show that they were attacked, said authorities.
The accused, who have been charged with murder, are brothers of Balrampur Sadar MLA Jagram Paswan from the state’s ruling party.
Yadav’s friend, Sohbat Lal, informed authorities who seized the accused’s vehicles.
Superintendent of police Pradeep Kumar Yadav said eight teams are looking for the trio and raids were carried out at Gonda, Balrampur and state capital Lucknow.
Protesters blocked the Lucknow-Gonda highway on Monday, demanding arrest of the accused and compensation for the victim’s family. They dispersed after police promised action.