Uttar Pradesh: BSP leader shot dead in Allahabad

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New Delhi | Updated: March 20, 2017 7:11:22 PM

A BSP leader was shot dead in Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad hours after Yogi Adityanath was sworn-in as the Chief Minister.

A BSP leader was shot dead in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad hours after Yogi Adityanath was sworn-in as the Chief Minister.

A BSP leader was shot dead in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad hours after Yogi Adityanath was sworn-in as the Chief Minister. The incident took place late last night when bike borne assailants opened fire on Mohd Shami. The victim was a local BSP leader. The identity of the perpetrators is yet to be ascertained. According to reports, the accused shot Shami near his house. Shami was a history sheeter. In the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Shami had contested against six times winner from the Kunda constituency Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya. Police is investigating the matter.

Following the incident, his supporters squatted on the Allahabad-Pratapgarh highway demanding immediate arrest of the culprits and adequate security to his family members. The SSP said Shami had been a five-time president of the Mauaima block. He was allegedly involved in a number of criminal cases, many of them relating to heinous offences like murder and dacoity.

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According to BSP sources, Shami had joined the party last year soon after losing the panchayat polls, ending his long association with the Samajwadi Party. He had also contested the assembly polls in 2002 on an SP ticket from Kunda against controversial independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya who went on to become a minister in the previous Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh.

He was also said to be involved in a feud with local leaders of the BJP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the sources claimed. Adequate deployment of police has been made in the area to keep the situation under control and Shami’s supporters who were squatting on the highway have been dispersed, the SSP said, adding that a search was on to nab those named in the FIR lodged by Shami’s family members.

The Samajwadi Party on Monday condemned the murder of the BSP leader in Allahabad and urged the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to make no compromises in regard to law and order in the state. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that strict actions should be taken against those who try to challenge law and order.

“We would request the Uttar Pradesh government that no compromise should be done in terms of law and order,” Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal told ANI.

“Earlier when such incidents used to take place during the Samajwadi party regime, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) used to dub our administration as ‘Gundaraj’. Now their government has come in power and we can see the results,” Agarwal asserted.

(With agency inputs)

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