Sambhal: Samajwadi leader Chhotelal Diwakar and his son, Sunil Diwakar, were shot dead in broad daylight in Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. The murder was apparently a fallout of a dispute over laying of a road under MGNREGA. Also Read - UP 69000 Assistant Teacher Recruitment 2020: Merit List Likely to be Out Today | All You Need to Know
Chhotelal Diwakar had contested the 2017 assembly elections on a Samajwadi Party ticket. Also Read - Lockdown 5.0: 42% of Its Cases Linked to Delhi, Noida to Keep Border With Capital Sealed
According to his family members, Diwakar and his son had gone for a walk in the fields when the assailants came on a motorbike and after a brief altercation, shot them dead. They fled on foot, leaving their motorbike behind. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Extends Lockdown Till June 30; Temples, Malls, Hotels to Open From June 8
A large number of SP workers reached the village soon after the news of the double murder spread.
SP Yamuna Prasad who reached the spot that falls under Behjoi police station, soon after the murders, said that a manhunt has been launched for the assailants. He said that further investigations were underway and the bodies have been sent for post mortem.