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A 42-year-old BJP worker was shot dead inside his office in Aman Vihar area on Wednesday night. The attack took place in front of his wife, who was fasting for Karwa Chauth.
The family members of Asharam Gautam, the deceased, suspect that the accused involved in the murder of his friend on Diwali last year had a role to play in this crime.
Deputy Commissioner of Police M N Tiwari told The Indian Express that a case of murder has been registered and the police are investigating all angles.
“We are not ruling out the possibility of a connection with the previous murder but we are investigating other angles too,” said Tiwari.
Gautam was with his elderly mother at his office, which is inside his house at Parvesh Nagar area of Aman Vihar, when an assailant shot him in the chest and fled.
Sources said there was no CCTV camera around his house and the assailant could not be identified.
Gautam, the district vice-president of the SC/ST morcha of the BJP, was also into property and building construction business. He worked as a social activist in the area. Last year, he was among the main organisers of a Dalit meeting held by the BJP.
Gautam’s wife told the police that her husband was shot in front of her. “I was standing outside my home, when I saw a man coming towards us. He was carrying a gun. By the time I could understand anything, he entered inside my husband’s office and shot him. Me and my mother-in-law started shouting but he ran away,” Sunita told The Indian Express.
“When I heard about the incident, I ran towards his house. By that time, someone had informed the police. We rushed him to Sanjay Gandhi Memorial hospital, where doctors declared him dead,” said Ram Bharose Lal, Gautam’s younger brother who lives in the area.
Gautam is survived by his elder mother, wife, son and two daughters. He used to run his office from his house, where the family had been staying for over 15 years.
Sources said police have picked up some persons, who were connected to the murder of Gautam’s friend Ghanshyam last year.
On October 25, 2015, Ghanshyam was gunned down by two persons in the same locality while he was playing cards. Gautam and three other persons were witnesses in the case, who had also recorded their statements before the court. One of the accused in the murder is out on bail, said a source.