Three persons have been arrested for allegedly shooting dead a BJP leader DK Gupta in Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad district on Friday,
Gupta was the vice-president of BJP’s Firozabad Mandal (ward), according to media reports.
Senior Superintendent of Police Sachindra Patel said Gupta was attacked by three people on a bike when he was closing his shop.
Though he was taken to a hospital in Agra immediately, he succumbed to his injuries.
In an interview with NDTV, Gupta’s family members alleged that he was killed because of political enmity.
They named his party colleague Viresh Tomar and two uncles as suspects who have been taken into police cusody.
The police said that Gupta and Tomar recently argued on social media. “Viresh Tomar’s uncle had earlier contested village pradhan’s election from Ratigarhi village in Firozabad against Dayashanker [DK Gupta],” Inspector Agra (Range) A Satish Ganesh told the news channel. “Dayashanker had lost and Narendra Tomar [the uncle] had won the election.”
Gupta’s family and supporters staged a protest outside the hospital, demanding that the accused be arrested.