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Ethnic Indian leader shot dead in Malaysia

S Krishnasamy, a 61-year-old politician, is shot dead inside the lift of a building by an unidentified gunman. The motive behind the murder is yet to be known.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2008 04:53 IST

An ethnic Indian leader of Malaysia's southern state of Johor was shot dead near his office Friday, local media reported.

S Krishnasamy, an assembly member representing the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), was killed at around 2.30 p.m. local time by a gunman at the state party headquarters, according to the website of The Star newspaper.

The shooting took place when Krishnasamy, MIC's deputy state chief, was going to attend a meeting.

The police have cordoned off the area around the MIC building and a forensic team has been sent to the crime scene, the newspaper said.