Newly elected village head shot dead by political rivals in UP’s Bareilly, two held by police

Mohammad Ishaq, the newly elected pradhan (head) of Pargawan village in Bareilly district in Uttar Pradesh was shot dead by the political rivals on Thursday.

An FIR was registered against former village heads Mohar Singh and Ratan Lal, Mohar Singh’s son Anurag Singh, relative Bhagwat, and Ratan Lal’s son Rahul.

Mohar Singh and Ratan Lal lost the recent local body elections to the deceased 30-year-old Mohammad Ishaq.

“Ishaq, his wife Shakina and younger sister Sheeba Rani were returning home on a motorcycle when gunmen fired at them. Ishaq was shot thrice and he died on the spot while his wife received pellet injuries. She was rushed to a hospital where doctors provided medical aid and discharged her. Sheeba was unhurt,” Indian Express quoted police officials as saying.

The gunmen fired at Ishaq’s wife Shakina when she tried to save her husband, according to the complaint.

They were on their way to purchase medicines.

According to the family members of Ishaq, after Ishaq won the election, Singh and Lal frequently threatened him.

“We have an audio recording in which the assailants can be heard threatening us,” Sheeba Rani, brother of Ishaq says.

Following the tragic death of Ishaq, locals arrived at the site of the murder and staged a protest. They did not allow the police officials to take away Ishaq’s body, and demanded the arrest of the accused.

The police have detained Ratan Lal and his son Rahul while a search is on for the others.

“Deeply sad news coming from Bareli where the state sponsered and protected goons have gunned down a gram pradhan.The law and order is in Uttar Pradesh is in shambles,” said Samajwadi Party through its official twitter handle while sharing the newspaper clip of Ishaq’s death.

The Opposition party also said the culprits shall get due punishment for justice to prevail.