A 55-year-old manager of an inter-college was shot dead by bike-borne assailants near his village under Nandganj police station area of Ghazipur district late on Wednesday evening. An FIR has been registered against six persons, including the district chief of Samajwadi Shikshak Sangh, Sachche Lal Yadav.
The police said prima facie, the incident appeared to be a result of election-related tussle for the gram panchayat
According to the police, Kailash Yadav, manager of Baba Khadesri Das Inter-College, was on his way home in Badhara village, around five km away.
One of his friends, Kalika Yadav, met him mid-way and the two stopped at Paharpur Chatti to have tea at a roadside vend.
When they moved from there on their respective bikes, Yadav and Kalika were intercepted by two bike-borne assailants as they were crossing Mahmoodpur Pali village.
“The one riding the pillion first shot at Kailash. When he collapsed, they returned again and shot him, before fleeing from there. Kailash died on the spot,” said Circle Officer (Bhudkuda), Prabhat Kumar.
Following the incident, Kailash’s family members and village residents took his body to Paharpur Chatti and blocked the Ghazipur-Varanasi Road. When efforts by the local police to disperse the crowd failed, Ghazipur Superintendent of Police R K Verma and the District Magistrate arrived at the spot. The villagers demanded removal of the Station Officer of of Nandganj police station and a Sub-Inspector.
“The SO Sanjay Kumar Tripathi has been sent to district lines. The role of the S-I is being looked into,” said Kumar.
Initial investigations have indicated that Kailash, who was earlier a teacher and then the principal in an inter-college, had opened his own college a few years ago.
“Of late, the residents of his village were backing him up to contest for the post of gram pradhan. The other side, which has been named in the FIR, was opposing it. As of now, it appears to be a case of election-related dispute. However, we are also checking into the possibility of somebody else using elections as a cover to settle any old score; although, no dispute has come to light so far,” said Kumar.