Meerut: A BJP worker was shot dead by five scooter borne assailants in a market here with police suspecting that the incident was a fallout of a dispute over a girl.
The incident has triggered furore with the BJP traders’ body giving the police, an ultimatum of 24-hours to arrest the culprits, failing which they would stage a protest.
Mohit (28), son of Sunderlal, a resident of Pallavpuram used to run a snack shop in Shastrinagar Central market. He was also the treasurer from ward number 47 of the BJYM, the youth wing of BJP, a police spokesperson said.
The incident occurred last night when Mohit, along with a staff member of his shop, was on way to his shop. Five assailants seated on two scooters signalled him to stop and fired indiscriminately at him.
The assailants fled away from the spot as soon as the locals rushed after hearing the noise.
The locals rushed Mohit to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.
Based on the complaint of father of the deceased, an FIR has been registered against the five accused for murder. One Monu Agrawal has been named the prime accused in the case.
So far two men have been taken into custody for interrogation, Meerut SP(city) Om Prakash told PTI.
Asked the reason behind the murder, the SP said, “prima facie issues regarding money-transaction and love affair appears to be the reason. However, the actual cause of the murder can only be ascertained after arrest of the accused.”
Meanwhile, the State convener of UP BJP traders body Vineet Aggarwal Sharda has threatened to stage a protest if police fails to nab the culprits.