Tension in Amethi after close confidant of Smriti Irani shot dead

Published: May 26, 2019, 8:49 am IST
Tension in Amethi after close confident of Smriti shot dead

Tension ran high after a close confident of Union Minister Smriti Irani was shot dead here under Jamo police station area in small hours of Sunday.

In view of the tension in the area, CRPF and large contingent of security personnel have been deployed in the area. Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament from Amethi, Smriti Irani is rushing to Amethi and will reach here in the afternoon, sources said. She is expected to meet the family members of the slain leader.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Rajesh Kumar told UNI on Sunday that the former Pradhan of Baraulia village Surendra Singh (50) was shot dead when he was sleeping outside his house at around 0300 hrs.

Two motorcycle borne criminals opened fire on the former Pradhan.

He was rushed to the Trauma centre in Lucknow where doctors declared him brought dead.

Surendra had actively campaigned for Ms Irani in the Lok Sabha polls in which she defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi by over 55,000 votes.

The Baraulia village was adopted by former defence minister late Manohar Parikar on the initiative of Ms Irani.

She also took active part in several development scheme in Baraulia.

However, villagers of Baraulia said that the murder could be due to property dispute.

“The victim was a trustee of the Sagra ASHRAM headed by one Mauni Baba. Recently Surendra had opposed illegal selling of the properties of the Ashram by the brother of Mauni Baba,” they disclosed stating the probable reason for the killing.

Meanwhile, police has launched a manhunt to nab the culprits. Three people have been detained by the police so far while four teams have been set up to crack the crime, the SP said.