Uttar Pradesh: Samajwadi Party leader shot dead in Ballia by bike-borne assailants
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Uttar Pradesh: Samajwadi Party leader shot dead in Ballia by bike-borne assailants

The incident comes three days after the killing of two leaders belonging to oppositions parties in the state.

india Updated: May 22, 2017 11:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Varanasi
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Samajwadi Party leader Sumer Singh was shot dead by two unidentified assailants on Sunday evening. (Representative photo)

A Samajwadi Party leader was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia on Sunday evening.

Police said Sumer Singh (48) and his friend Manoj Mishra were going to Gopalpur village on a bike to attend a function, when they were waylaid outside Bahuwara village under Lalganj police station.

The incident comes barely three days after two leaders belonging to the opposition Bahujan Samaj Party and the SP were killed in separate incidents in the state.

SP corporator Ravindra Gujjar was shot by four unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants in Bhawaniram area while he was taking a late evening walk on Thursday.

On the same day BSP leader Kailash Chandra was shot dead at his house in Tigariya Bhood area in Amroha. Police said a pistol owned by him was found near the body.

Police suspect Sunday’s killing was the fallout of a land dispute.

Sing was first shot in the head from a pointblank range. Even after he fell on the ground, the assailants fired several rounds at him. He died on the spot.

Mishra, managed to flee from the scene.

Police said a passerby, Bhuleri Yadav, also sustained splinter injuries.

Inspector Jagdish Vishwakarma said investigations are on and a manhunt has been launched to nab the assailants. A case has been registered under relevant IPC sections, he added.

The killing sparked tension in Bahuwara, but police said situation is under control.

Singh’s wife Sunita is the village head.

First Published: May 22, 2017 11:21 IST