Lucknow: On Wednesday, a block development committee (BDC) member was shot in broad daylight at a market, sparking violence in Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
The angry local residents went berserk over the murder and set two vehicles on fire. In addition, the mob pelted stones at the police and passing cars.
An official said that heavy police reinforcements were immediately rushed to the violence-hit area. According to available information, the BDC member of Walipur village, Jameel Ahmad was at his shop when three bike-borne assailants reached there and opened fire at him.
Ahmad escaped the first gunshot and rushed into a shop but the assailants were quick. They dragged him out and shot him five times, until Ahmad breathed his last.
Further, when shopkeepers tried to intercept the assailants, they brandished their weapons to scare the locals and sped away. The outraged residents blocked roads, attacked policemen and set vehicles on fire soon after the incident.
The body was sent for a post-mortem and senior police officials later reached the crime scene. Locals alleged that Ahmad was killed owing to the impending Panchayat polls scheduled for next month.
The investigation is still on. Police said they are probing all angles. No arrests have been made so far.
(With inputs from IANS)