Hindu Mahasabha’s UP Prez Shot Dead While on Morning Walk

Police said the leader was on his morning walk when he was shot dead by bike-borne assailants. 

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The state president of Hindu Mahasabha was shot dead in Lucknow’s Hazratganj area on Sunday, 2 February morning by bike-borne assailants. The man, identified as Ranjit Bachchan Srivastava, was on his morning walk when he was shot in the head.

He received multiple bullet injuries in the head and died on the spot. Bachchan’s brother, who was with him at the time of the incident, also received bullet injuries and has been admitted to the Trauma Centre of the King George's Medical University (KGMU).

This is the second murder of a Hindu leader in the state capital in the past four months. Kamlesh Tiwari, president of the Hindu Samaj Party, was shot dead in his office on 18 October by two assailants who had befriended him by creating a fake Facebook ID. This had led to multiple arrests.


What is the Police Suspecting?

UP police said that the attackers had allegedly tried to snatch Bachchan’s chain and mobile phone, but said that the incident could have been made to look like a robbery related scuffle rather than a murder, Hindustan Times reported quoted officials as saying.

Later, speaking to ANI, Joint Commissioner of Police Naveen Arora said as per initial information, Bachchan and his wife Kalindi Sharma were not in a cordial relationship and a case in this regard was registered in Gorakhpur. "This angle is also being looked into," he said.

The police said that all exit and entry points in the state capital have been sealed and 6 teams have been set up to identify and arrest the accused. 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 1 January.

Who Was Ranjit Bachchan?

Ranjit reportedly lived in the OCR building and was from Gorakhpur. He was previously associated with the Samajwadi Party and was also a close aide of former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav.

Soon after the news of Bachchan’s death broke out, Samajwadi Party tweeted from its official handle asking the BJP-led UP government to resign immediately and blamed it for the breakdown of the law and order situation in the state.

(With inputs from Hindustan Times and IANS)

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