Amethi: Smriti Irani, the newly elected BJP MP from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, left for her constituency on Sunday afternoon after her close aide, a former village head, was allegedly shot dead by two unidentified men. At least 6-7 suspects have been taken into custody by the police in connection with the case. The incident, which comes merely two days after the counting of votes for Lok Sabha Elections 2019, has left the residents in a state of panic.
The deceased, identified as former head of Baraulia village Surendra Singh (50), used to campaign for Smriti Irani, his family revealed while alleging Congress supporters to be behind the crime. Speaking to news agency ANI, Singh’s son said, “My father was a close aide of Smriti Irani and used to campaign 24/7. After she became MP, Vijay Yatra was carried out. I think some Congress supporters didn’t like it, we have suspicions on some people.”
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Briefing about the incident, Additional Superintendent of Police Daya Ram informed that the 50-year-old was shot at around 3 AM. Not ruling out the possibility of an old or political dispute, he said that the investigation in underway in relation to the case.
“He was shot around 3 AM. We’ve taken a few suspects into custody. Investigation on. It can be due to an old dispute or a political dispute,” Ram was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Adding, the SP revealed that Singh was referred to Lucknow in a serious condition and he succumbed to his injuries during treatment.
Baraulia village was in news during campaigning in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, as Congress general secretary for eastern UP Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had accused Smriti Irani of distributing shoes to the residents in order to insult Rahul Gandhi.
In the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, the Congress suffered a major embarrassment with Rahul Gandhi losing the party’s stronghold Amethi to BJP’s Smriti Irani by 55,120 votes.