A 35-year-old man was shot dead in a clash between rival groups of two candidates for the zila panchayat elections in Islamnagar town under Islamnagar police station area in Badaun district late on Saturday night.
According to police, the supporters of village pradhan Dharmpal Yadav and block panchayat head Suresh Yadav initially engaged in verbal arguments which soon snowballed into a fight, with the two groups firing at each other around 10 pm. Madanlal, nephew of Dharmpal, was killed on the spot while Dharmpal, his brother Kripal and one Dayaram were injured, police said.
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Police said Dharmpal and Suresh Yadav’s son Viresh, said to be old rivals, are contesting the panchayat elections against each other. Both candidates are said to be linked to the ruling Samajwadi Party.
An FIR has been registered against 17 persons at Islamnagar police station under relevant sections of the IPC, including murder and attempt to murder. Twelve of the accused have been arrested so far while hunt is on for the remaining five, who are absconding, said Bilsi Circle Officer Jagdish Singh.