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UP: Hindu Mahasabha state president shot dead in Lucknow

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 2 February 2020, 10:22 IST
Ranjit Srivastava

The state president of Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha was shot dead near the Chhattar Manzil on Sunday morning. 

According to reports, Srivastava, also known as Ranjit Bachchan and Ranjit Yadav, was on a morning walk when he was shot by unidentified bike-borne assailants. Srivastava sustained multiple bullet injuries in the head and died on the spot.

Srivastava's brother, who was also present at the site also received bullet injuries and then rushed to King George's Medical University.

Meanwhile, the police has launched a probe into the matter and the CCTV footage in the area is also being scanned.

This is the first major crime in the state capital after the police commissionerate system was implemented in Lucknow on January 14.

This is the second murder of a Hindu leader in the state capital in the past four months. In October 2019, another right-wing leader, Kamlesh Tiwari, had been shot dead in his office in Lucknow.

The resident of the Hindu Samaj Party, Tiwari was shot dead in his office on October 18, 2019, by two assailants who had befriended him by creating a fake Facebook ID. Many people were arrested in this connection from various states including Gujarat and Maharashtra.

The accused persons said that they had been planning Tiwari's elimination since he gave a statement in 2015, showing disrespect to the Prophet.

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First published: 2 February 2020, 10:22 IST