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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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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

Sapling Plantation
A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

Also Read: Van Mahotsav: The Festival of Plantation Drive in India

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)

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