Mandsaur: Police have found evidence to pin down the man who allegedly killed BJP leader and Mandsaur Municipal Corporation President Prahlad Bandhwar, reported ANI on Friday. City SP of Mandsaur said, “We have found evidence that Manish Bairagi shot at him following which he died on spot. Bairagi wanted a piece of land to be allotted to him. Efforts are now underway to nab him.”

Briefing the media about the crime on Thursday, SL Borsi, the SHO of Kotwali police station, had assured, “We have got a name and police are searching for him. A police team has gone for the same. They had a land dispute.”

Bandhwar was shot by a bullet near the Central Bank at Nai Abadi area here around 7 PM. He died on the spot. Reports said that motorcycle-borne men attacked him and shot at him from close range.

When passerby took him to hospital, he was declared brought dead by the doctors.

Last week, a BJP leader named Baiju Prasad Gupta was also shot dead in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district. As per information, the incident occurred while the victim was sitting at his medical facility. An individual came and asked him about some medicine before shooting him. Gupta was shifted to a hospital but could not be saved.

Mandsaur gained notoriety last year when an eight-year-old was gang-raped but a special court verdict handed down capital punishment to the two accused within months.

The eight-year-old girl was abducted when she was waiting outside her school by Irfan alias Bhaiyu (20) and Asif (24) on June 26 and was raped by them. They had also tried to kill her by slitting her throat and inflicted injuries on her neck, face, head and private parts, but she survived.

Mandsaur special court judge Nisha Gupta held them guilty and sentenced them to death under the newly-introduced IPC section 376 DB (punishment for rape of a woman under 12 years of age by one or more persons). Speaking with PTI, the victim’s father hoped that the verdict would send a strong message and act as a deterrent.

The man, a resident of Mandsaur, is currently staying in Indore, as the victim is undergoing treatment at a city hospital. “My daughter and my family have been under stress since the past two months. Since the beginning, we wanted them to be hanged. Finally, justice has been delivered,” he said.

He said the verdict was delivered in time because the trial was conducted in a fast track court.