A newly-elected Lok Sabha Member of Parliament, Smriti Irani’s close aide has been reportedly shot dead by unidentified assailants in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi. The incident took place two days after Smriti Irani won Amethi Lok Sabha constituency seat.
The deceased has been identified as Surendra Singh, former head of Baraulia village. Singh was shot dead on Saturday night at his residence that falls under the Jamo police station limits.
Amethi: Surendra Singh, ex-village head of Baraulia, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at his residence, last night. Amethi SP says, "He was shot around 3 AM. We've taken a few suspects into custody. Investigation on. It can be due to an old dispute or a political dispute" pic.twitter.com/VYPy9jYDCR— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 26, 2019
The police have registered a case and investigation is on to nab the accused. According to reports in Time Now, the incident took place just a few kilometres away from the district headquarters of Gauriganj in Amethi.
A bike-borne on Saturday night reached his residence and fired indiscriminately at him. He was also shot on his face. “50-year-old Singh was referred to a government hospital in Lucknow but later succumbed to his injuries while he was getting treated,” said Additional Superintendent of Police Daya Ram, PTI reported.
Smriti Irani had been working very closely in Amethi ever since her defeat in the 2014 general elections. Also, Singh had been working very closely with Irani for the past couple of years and was instrumental in getting votes for Irani.