Samajwadi leader, son shot dead in broad daylight in Uttar Pradesh

The incident took place after an argument over a road that was being built under MGNREGA scheme

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The SP leader, whose wife is the pradhan of Sambhal's Shamsoi village, and his son died on the spot | Photo: Screengrab

A Samajwadi Party leader and his son were shot dead in broad daylight by two men in Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal district on Tuesday (May 19). The incident, which was recorded on camera, took place after an argument over a road that was being built under the MGNREGA scheme, said reports.

Chotelal Diwakar, who had contested the 2017 assembly polls on an SP ticket, and his son Sunil had gone for the inspection of the road when the duo got involved in an argument with two other men who were carrying rifles, reported NDTV.

The report identified one of the assailants as Savinder, a local strongman. They were reportedly angry since the under-construction road was infringing on their fields, and the argument over this allegedly led to the murder.

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The SP leader, whose wife is the pradhan of Sambhal’s Shamsoi village, and his son died on the spot. The assailants, who had come on a motorbike, fled on foot, reported Times Now. The bodies of the deceased have been sent for autopsy.

Sambhal Superintendent of Police Yamuna Prasad said that investigation is underway and a search operation has been launched. Reports suggest three police teams have been formed to nab the assailants.

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