Two unidentified assailants in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia have killed a Samajwadi Party leader on Sunday evening. According to police, Sumer Singh (48) and his friend Manoj Mishra were going to Gopalpur village on a bike to attend a function. But, they were attacked outside Bahuwara village under Lalganj police station.
Significantly, the incident took place barely days after a leader from the opposition Bahujan Samaj Party and one from SP was killed in separate incidents.
While SP corporator Ravindra Gujjar was killed by four unidentified assailants in Bhawaniram area, BSP leader Kailash Chandra was shot dead in Tigariya Bhood area in Amroha on the same day. Police found a pistol owned by him.
The recent killing is said to be the fallout of a land dispute. While Sing was first shot in the head from a pointblank range, Mishra, managed to escape from the scene. A passerby, Bhuleri Yadav, also endured minor injuries, said police
Inspector Jagdish Vishwakarma said probe is on and a hunt has been initiated to nab the assailants. A case has been filed under relevant IPC sections, he added.