Ballia: A local BJP leader allegedly shot dead a man in the presence of local administration and police officials as a scuffle broke out at a meeting over allotment of ration shops in Durjanpur village of Ballia district in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read - PAK vs ZIM Dream11 Team Prediction Pakistan vs Zimbabwe ODI: Captain, Vice-captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI Match at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium 12.30 PM IST November 1 Sunday

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the suspension of the sub divisional magistrate, circle officer and all other policemen present at the spot, police said. Also Read - IPL 2020, KKR vs RR in Dubai: Predicted Playing XIs, Pitch Report, Toss Timing, Squads, Weather Forecast For Match 54

Jaiprakash alias Gama, 46, was shot dead allegedly by Dhirendra Pratap Singh after the SDM decided not go ahead with the meeting due to a dispute between members of self-help groups, Superintendent of Police Devendra Nath said. Also Read - KKR vs RR Dream11 Team Prediction Dream11 IPL 2020: Captain, Vice-captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals T20 Match 54 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium 7.30 PM IST November 1 Sunday

Bairia MLA Surendra Singh confirmed that Singh heads the BJP’s ex-servicemen’s unit in Ballia district.

“This is a casualty that can happen anywhere. In this incident, there was stone-pelting from both sides. The law will take its own course in the matter,” the BJP legislator was quoted as saying.

Police registered an FIR naming four and mentioning 15-20 unnamed people on the basis of a complaint filed by Chandrama, the victim’s brother. However, there was no immediate arrest.

The meeting was held in a tent, where a large number of people gathered. Administration and police officials were also present there, local residents said.

A video clip showed a group of people running about in a field in panic as shots are heard.

“Taking serious note of the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed that SDM , CO and police personnel present on the spot all be suspended immediately and strictest action should be taken against the accused,” Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awanish Kumar Awasthi said in Lucknow.

“The role of the officers shall be investigated and if responsible criminal action shall be taken,” he said.

A sizeable police force has been deployed in the village to maintain law and order, the SP said.

(With PTI inputs)