Amethi/Lucknow: Suspects are arrested in link with all the murder of BJP chief Smriti Irani’s partner and former village head Surendra Singh in Amethi district of Uttar Pradesh, police stated on Sunday.
“We have detained some suspects in the case. We are getting more information and are acting on it,” Amethi’s Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar told reporters.
The police are looking into all facets of the killing, such as political competition.
“Since he had been a village chief, it seems to be a fallout of an old rivalry. We are not ruling out a political rivalry and are looking into all aspects of the case,” that the police said.
Singh was taken by unidentified assailants if he was sleeping in that the verandah of his home in Baraulia village of Amethi at about 3 am on Sunday.
He was hurried to a trauma centre in Lucknow where he breathed his last.
Singh is reported to be a near aide of BJP’s Smriti Irani who conquered Rahul Gandhi from Amethi that was until now regarded a Nehru-Gandhi bastion.
One of the dead’s cousins stated, “He had distributed sweets and carried out a procession the day before yesterday (after Smriti Irani was declared a winner from Amethi Lok Sabha seat).”
“The murder could have resulted out of an old dispute involving the village politics. This could also be a fallout of a political dispute. Smriti Irani was contesting against Rahul Gandhi here and we have been BJP supporters,” a relative, that had been in Lucknow to get Singh’s body, stated.
Another comparative, Chandrapal Singh, stated, “This is a political murder. This is a fallout of political rivalries relating to his tenure as village head and the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.”
Senior BJP leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who obtained in your Allahabad Lok Sabha chair, termed the killing “unacceptable”. “Such an in a democracy is completely unacceptable, there is no place for such things. The perpetrators will be punished,” she advised ANI.
Police have been set up in the village to manage the potential of untoward event.