The Hush Post|10:25 pm |one-minute-read|
A supporter of Smriti Irani and a former village head in Amethi of Uttar Pradesh was allegedly shot dead on Saturday night.
Surendra Singh, a BJP worker, was attacked at a public place where people of various parties gather to discuss politics. He was shot at and he was declared dead later at a hospital in Lucknow where he was taken for treatment. The motive of the crime is not yet clear. “He was shot around 3 am. We’ve taken a few suspects into custody and the probe is on. It can be due to an old dispute or a political dispute,” Amethi Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said.
Surendra Singh was the former head of Baraulia village, which was adopted by ex-defence minister Manohar Parrikar in 2015 as a part of the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, a central government scheme for rural development. He resigned the village head post to participate in the BJP election campaign.
Smriti Irani defeated Congress chief Rahul Gandhi by over 55,000 votes in Amethi, a family borough, which was a major embarrassment for the party that faced a crushing defeat in the national elections.