BJP leader shot dead in India’s Uttar Pradesh

Publish: 7:52 PM, October 17, 2020 | Update: 7:52:PM, October 17, 2020

NEW DELHI, – A local-level leader of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was shot dead in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said Saturday. The BJP leader identified as Dayashankar Gupta was killed Friday night in Firozabad district, about 285 km west of Lucknow city, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh.

“We are being told last night three bikers fired upon Dayashankar Gupta here. Though he was removed to the hospital, however, he succumbed on way,” a police official said. “He was attacked after he was walking through a marketplace after closing his shop.”

Police have detained three people in connection with the murder, apparently on the allegations made by Gupta’s family. “We are investigating the case and the people in detention are being questioned,” the police official said.

Local media reports said Gupta has become the victim of political enmity. In August also, a BJP leader was shot dead near his home in Baghpat district of the state.