Unidentified assailants have killed a close aide of Smriti Irani, who recently defeated Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, a traditional bastion for the Congress. Surendra Singh, a former village head, who worked closely with Irani during the just concluded Lok Sabha polls, was shot dead at his residence.
Singh was taken to a hospital in Lucknow, where he was declared dead. Irani is believed to have left for Amethi to meet the family members of Singh.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh said that his teams were ‘working on the case.’ “We’ve found vital clues in the initial investigation and we’re looking at all the angles. Seven people have been detained. We’re confident of solving the case in the next 12 hours,” Singh was quoted by News18.
Singh was shot at around 3 in the morning. Cops have taken a few individuals into custody for questioning.
Singh’s son said that the family had a few suspects in mind adding that his father ‘used to campaign 24/7.’ After she became the MP, Vijay Yatra was carried out. I think some Congress supporters didn’t like it, we have suspicions on some people,” news agencY ANI quoted him as saying.
Singh was an ex-village head of Baraulia village, which was later adopted by late Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Irani recently defeated Gandhi in his family bastion after locals complained of apathy from the latter, who was accused of neglecting his constituency despite having represented it for three term. The Congress could only win the Rae Bareli seat, represented by Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi’s mother.