BJP leader shot dead in Muzaffarnagar, party attacks SP government
MUZAFFARNAGAR: A local BJP leader was on Tuesday shot dead by
unidentified assailants while he was out for a morning walk here, the second
party leader to be murdered in four days, sparking protest by BJP which accused
Akhilesh government of failing to stop “political killings” in Uttar Pradesh.
Om Vir Singh ‘Fauji’, a retired army man who was the
vice-president of BJP unit in Mirapur town, was out for a morning walk when two
assailants fired multiple shots at him with country-made pistols at around 7 am
at Monty crossroad, police officials said.
47-year-old Singh, who had a licensed revolver with him, too fired at the attackers but they snatched
it from him. The criminals shot Singh with his own revolver before fleeing with
the weapon, they said. The body has been sent for post mortem.
Following the incident, Singh’s family members and BJP workers
staged protests and blocked a road. Senior police officials, who reached the
spot, assured the protesters of speedy investigation in the case.
The incident occurred even as Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was
holding a meeting in Lucknow with top police and other officials to review the
law and order situation after the Samajwadi Party government came under flak
over the Badaun gangrape incident and the killing of BJP leader Vijay Pandit in
Dadri in Greater Noida on Saturday.
Pandit’s family had alleged political vendetta and pointed
fingers at a Samajwadi Party leader, who had denied the allegation.
BJP, however, termed the meeting as a farce and said that it
would have been better if the CM would have held a review of his own party
organisation, whose workers were “biggest challenge for law and order”.
State BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that the day the
government was claiming improved law and order situation, the criminals
demonstrated their brutal power by killing Singh in Muzaffarnagar.
Demanding immediate arrest of Singh’s killers, he alleged, “The
phase of political killings has started in UP, which is dangerous”. Security
personnel have been deployed as tension prevailed in the area after the
Muzaffarnagar, which lies in western Uttar Pradesh, is a
sensitive district and had witnessed communal violence in September last year
that has left over 60 people dead. The recent Lok Sabha elections saw BJP
winning 71 out of the 80 seats in the politically crucial state while Samajwadi
party suffered a rout.