BJP leader shot dead in Agra, angry villagers attack police
Irate villagers and Nathu Ram’s supporters attacked a police outpost and burnt a PRV.Updated: Jun 06, 2017 12:17 IST
Villagers angry over the killing of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra district attacked policemen and burnt a police response vehicle (PRV) on Monday evening.
Nathu Ram Verma was shot dead by men on two Apache motorcycles when he was coming back from a meeting organised by the members of the Nishad community in Mehra Naharganj village under Dauki police station.
Six bullets were fired at the 35-year-old Verma, who had recently joined the BJP after switching over from the Samajwadi Party.
Irate villagers and Nathu Ram’s supporters attacked a police outpost and burnt a PRV that was rushed to the spot as chaos prevailed in the area amid reports of firing. They also damaged other vehicles on the road and pelted stones at the policemen on the spot in which few of them were injured.
Agra district magistrate Gaurav Dayal and senior superintendent of police Dinesh Chandra Dubey, who reached the spot, said the situation was under control and that Sudhir Verma, allegedly behind the shooting, was also arrested.
Dubey, however, denied any damage to the police outpost but admitted that the first PVR that reached the spot was burnt down.
“The accused guilty of killing Nathu Ram Verma has been arrested and the dead body of deceased has been sent for a post-mortem at SN Hospital in Agra. The situation has been taken under control and adequate police force has been called in and deployed in the Dauki area,” Dubey told the Hindustan Times on Monday night.
“Initial information reveals that both the deceased Nathu Ram Verma and accused Sudhir Verma were earlier with Samajwadi Party and had recently joined BJP,” Dubey said.
Nathu Ram and Sudhir both belong to the Nishad community and are said to be supporters of Raja Aridaman Singh, a former minister in the previous Akhilesh Yadav government, and joined the BJP along with Singh just before the assembly elections.
Rani Pakshalika Singh, Singh’s wife, won from Bah assembly seat on a BJP ticket in the February-March assembly elections. The rural belt of Dauki is within the Bah assembly constituency.
BJP leaders, however, could not say whether Nathu Ram was a member of the saffron party.
“I am not aware if the deceased Nathu Ram Verma was from our party or not as he was not holding any post,” Shyam Bhadoria, the district president of BJP for Agra, said.
First Published: Jun 06, 2017 12:17 IST