SP Leader, Son Shot in UP Over MNREGA Road Work, 2 Arrested

Chhotelal Diwakar had contested the 2017 Assembly elections on a Samajwadi Party ticket.

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Two people were arrested on Tuesday, 19 May in connection with the double murder of Samajwadi Party leader Chhotelal Diwakar, his son in Shamshoi village of UP's Sambhal district, PTI reported.

Samajwadi Party leader Diwakar and his son, Sunil, were shot dead in broad daylight on Tuesday. The murder was over a fallout of a dispute over laying a road under MGNREGA, PTI reported quoting police officials.

Chhotelal Diwakar had reportedly contested the 2017 Assembly elections on a Samajwadi Party ticket and is the husband of the local village pradhan.

According to IANS, his family members said Diwakar and his son had gone for a walk in the fields when the assailants came on a motorbike and after a brief altercation, shot them dead. They fled on foot, leaving their motorbike behind.

In a video of the incident that has surfaced on social media, two men can be seen holding rifles, while an argument is underway.

According to NDTV, the rifle-wielding men were angry over the road in question infringing on their fields.

A large number of SP workers reportedly reached the village soon after the news of the double murder spread.

Superintendent of Police, Sambhal, Yamuna Prasad also reached the village soon after the incident and said the bodies have been sent for post-mortem and an FIR is being registered. “Three teams have been formed, some people have been detained and the probe is underway,” he was quoted by ANI as saying.

(With inputs from IANS, NDTV and ANI.)

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