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RSS worker, a journalist with Hindi daily, shot dead in UP, violence breaks out

Rajesh Mishra was sitting at his shop when the motorcycle-borne assailants opened fire. His brother also sustained injuries in the attack.

india Updated: Oct 21, 2017 21:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
RSS,Uttar Pradesh,Dainik Jagran
Local residents rush Rajesh Mishra and his brother Amitesh to hospital in Ghazipur’s Karanda area.(ANI Twitter)

A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker, who was also associated with the ruling BJP and a Hindi daily, was shot dead in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district on Saturday morning, triggering violence in the area.

Police said around 7am two bike-borne miscreants pumped six bullets into Rajesh Mishra (35) at his construction-material shop at Bramhapura village. He died on the spot.

An agency report said the deceased was also a journalist with Hindi daily Dainik Jagran.

Rajesh’s brother Amitesh Mishra, who was sitting with him, suffered serious bullet injuries and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in nearby Varanasi. His condition is stated to be critical.

Police suspect personal enmity could be the cause behind the attack. They also claimed to have indentified the killers.

“We have identified the suspects and we believe they will be arrested today,” ANI quoted ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar as saying.

Enraged over the killing, agitated locals soon hit the streets and vandalized four vehicles in Mishra Bazar area of Ghazipur. Police, however, soon brought the situation under control by pacifying the agitators, assuring them that the assailants will be arrested soon.

Inspector General Of police Varanasi Zone Deepak Ratan reached the spot to oversee the law and order situation. Heavy police force has been deployed in the village as precautionary measure in view of prevailing tension in area.

Police said personal enmity appeared to be the cause of the attack. Superintendent of police Somen Verma said several teams had been deployed to crack the case.

Empty cartridges of 9mm revolver were recovered from the spot, indicating that the assailants were professional criminals, police said.

(With agency input)

First Published: Oct 21, 2017 13:49 IST