A BJP worker who actively campaigned for Union Minister Smriti Irani in the last Lok Sabha elections was shot at and critically injured in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi district. The victim, Ashok Kumar Singh, 45, is a village head. No one has been arrested so far. According to the police, an investigation is on and teams have been fanned out to nab culprits.
The police said Singh, the head of Chibraha village, was attacked on Wednesday night while he was on the way home. Singh has named two persons as the accused.
Irani has defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi. Soon after the election, Barauliya village head Surendra Singh, an aide of Irani, was shot dead. Irani attended the funeral of the slain worker.
Amethi Superintendent of Police (SP) Sushil Kumar Singh told IANS: “He was on his way home and was attacked when his SUV slowed down to steer clear of a tractor-trolley parked in the middle of the road. Four shots were fired and two hit him. He was first taken to the district hospital and then referred to KGMU in Lucknow.”