Violence in Uttar Pradesh district after BJP leader killed

June 22nd, 2009 - 1:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Lucknow, June 22 (IANS) The murder of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader sparked off violence and tension Monday in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh district, police said.
Agitated over the killing of Bhairav Singh (50), who was shot dead Sunday, a large number of party workers took to the streets and targeted several private and public vehicles in parts of Azamgarh district, police added.

“In the wake of the series of protests, we have deployed additional security in various areas of Azamgarh,” district police chief Ramit Sharma told IANS over telephone.

Singh, who was also a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist, was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne men, just a few metres away from his house. Even as the reason for the murder is yet to be ascertained, police suspect the incident could be the fallout of political rivalry.

Acting on the complaint of Singh’s family, police have registered a case against two men of the Raidapur area in Azamgarh.

“The two are absconding. We are carrying out raids in various areas to nab them,” said Sharma.

Azamgarh is about 300 km from Lucknow.

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