Uttar Pradesh chief medical officer Vinod Kumar Arya (54) was shot dead in Lucknow on Wednesday at 5.30 am, when he was coming home after his morning walk.
He died on the spot, hardly 100 metres from his residence in a posh area of the city. He had gone out for a walk with his Labrador when three young men intercepted him in front of a school and shot him.
Arya earlier served as district project officer in Kanpur and was transferred to Lucknow three months ago and posted in the family welfare department. His office was created to monitor work under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) at district level. The post has considerable financial powers.
A milkman who was supposedly an eyewitness informed a PCO owner about the incident. The PCO owner told the police about it. Senior police officials including additional director general (law and order) Brij Lal, inspector general (Lucknow range) K.L. Meena and Lucknow’s deputy inspector general Rajeev Krishna rushed to the spot.
Brij Lal said this appeared to be the handiwork of hired shooters. The state special task force has been deployed to assist Lucknow police in cracking the case. “The police are probing on several lines including his professional rivalry and other disputes,” Brij Lal added.