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UP: BDC member shot dead, violence triggered

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gun1By NewsGram Staff Writer

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)

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“Take Steps To Avoid Big Gatherings”, Says UP CM Yogi Adityanath

He urged Muslim clerics to ask people in the community to celebrate Shab-e-Baraat at home and not to collect in groups

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The Chief Minister appealed to the religious leaders to cooperate with the government in ensuring the lockdown and maintaining social distancing. Wikimedia Commons

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday evening interacted with about 376 religious leaders through video conferencing and urged them to ensure that there were no big gatherings of their community.

The Chief Minister appealed to the religious leaders to cooperate with the government in ensuring the lockdown and maintaining social distancing.

“We need to make the people aware about improving their lifestyle and ignoring immediate benefits. We did not allow people to collect on Ram Navmi and I expect you to do the same on other festivals,” he said.

He urged Muslim clerics to ask people in the community to celebrate Shab-e-Baraat at home and not to collect in groups.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday evening interacted with about 376 religious leaders through video conferencing and urged them to ensure that there were no big gatherings of their community. Wikimedia Commons

The Chief Minister said that disease does not differentiate on basis of religion or caste.

He said that social distancing will be continued even after the lockdown is lifted.

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The religious leaders in the video conferencing belonged to all religions and represented all districts in the state. (IANS)