New Delhi: Akhil Bhartiya Vishwa Hindu Mahasabha Lucknow president Ranjit Bachchan was shot dead on Sunday while he was out on a morning walk. The incident took place in Lucknow’s Hazratganj around 9 AM when Ranjit was walking along with his brother. His brother too suffered bullet injuries. The assailants came riding a bike. While Ranjit died on the spot, his brother has been admitted to the trauma centre of the King George’s Medical University.

The post-mortem report of the Hindu Mahasabha leader stated that he was shot at from a point-blank range near the nose. The death occurred due to excessive bleeding, medical reports stated.

Speaking to news agency IANS, ACP Naveen Arora said that the police had seized two mobile phones from the crime scene and the cyber cell was now working on the call details. The police are also scanning into the CCTV footage of the area.

Initial probe revealed that Ranjit had two wives – one in Gorakhpur and another in Lucknow – who had got into an argument recently. There was a dispute with his first wife from Gorakhpur, following which she had even registered an FIR against him.

Eight police teams have been set up to nab the accused, Arora said. Further investigation is underway.

In October 2019, Hindu Samaj Party’s Kamlesh Tiwari was shot dead in Lucknow. The assailants came to his office-cum-residence posing as party members who came to greet him. After getting entry, they took out a revolver and a knife hidden inside the sweet box.

Ranjit was previously associated with the Samajwadi Party.