The deceased identified as Ramtek Katariya was the head of the SP’s Dadri assembly segment, the police said.
“Katariya was shot near his home in Dadri around 12:30 p.m. He was shot by at least four unidentified men who were in the car. The accused pumped five bullets into his body,” a senior police officer said.
Katariya was later declared brought dead in a nearby hospital, the officer added.
Initial investigation by the police does not point to politically motivated rivarly leading to the murder. The police claimed that the murder was a result of a personal rivarly within the family of the deceased.
SSP Gautam Buddh Nagar Vaibhav Krishna said: “Initial findings indicate that the killing is a result of personal rivalry between Ramtek Katariya and one his brothers in the extended family. Prima facie, there appears no political conspiracy or rivalry in this case.”