Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) secretary Govind Lal Ojha’s son was shot dead in Amethi district’s Musafirkhana area on Sunday, where he had gone to attend a function.
Assailants attacked Manoj (30) — president of Congress’ nyay panchayat unit in Dharauli — with iron rods and later shot him dead. Amethi SP Heera Lal said primary investigation reveals that Manoj and Govind were facing trial for the murder of Nagendra Singh — a resident of their villager who was killed in 2000.
“During Holi celebrations on March 6, Manoj and his brother Rajeev had an altercation with Nagendra’s cousin Shatrughan in Poora Ojha village. They went on to assault him. Later, Shatrughan filed a complaint at the Musafirkhana police station against Manoj and Rajeev,” he added.
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The police had then called both the groups to the police station and released them on personal surety under CrPC sections 107 and 116 to maintain peace, said the SP, adding that enmity between the two families led to Manoj’s murder. Following Manoj’s murder, Ojha has got a case lodged against Shatrughan and five others. Amethi ASP Munna Lal said: “We came to know during investigation that the dispute between the two families was resolved a few years after Nagendra’s murder, but the assault on Shatrughan led to the attack on Manoj.”
Musafirkhana Circle Officer Saurab Shukla said on Sunday evening, Manoj had gone to the nearby Mubarakpur village to attend a function at the house of Ram Saran Tiwari.
“As he arrived there, a group of men attacked him with iron rods. Manoj tried to flee but was chased and shot by one of the accused. He sustained bullet injury to his head,” he added.
Following the incident, locals staged a protest and refused to allow the police take Manoj’s body in custody. However, after assurances from senior police officers, the police were to take the body for post-mortem.