An office- bearer of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) — the BJP youth wing — in Azamgarh was shot dead allegedly by unidentified assailants on his way to his in-laws’ house at Bahariabad area in Ghazipur district on Sunday afternoon.
Police said an old dispute may be the motive behind the incident, though the case was being investigated from all angles.
Awadhesh Rajbhar (26), son of Ram Janam Rajbhar — a resident of Sadi Sarai village in Azamgarh — was on his way to his in-laws’ house in a village under Nandganj police station area on his motorcycle.
His wife, Meena Rajbhar, and son Arush (18 months) were also with him.
As the motorcycle reached near a mazar in Bhawnrupur village at Bahariabad around 3 pm, two men riding a Pulsar motorcycle overtook Rajbhar’s vehicle. They then forced him to part with its keys.
When Rajbhar offered resistance, while one of them shot him in his chest, the other shot him in his head. Rajbhar died on the spot.
When his wife raised alarm, one of the assailants sped off with Rajbhar’s motorcycle. The police was informed. An FIR of murder and loot against unidentified persons has been registered on a complaint lodged by Meena.
The police have recovered an empty shell of 9 mm bullet and two magazines from the crime spot.
“Nobody has been specifically named in the FIR. It appears that the assailants decided to open fire when the young man offered resistance. This led to a commotion and people around the area began closing in. The assailants then opened fire and escaped after killing him,” said Bahariabad Station Officer Dharamvir Singh.
Rajbhar was the BJYM vice-president at Palhani block in Azamgarh. He used to work at a private motorcycle dealer in the district and reportedly held a black belt in karate. “He had bought the motorcycle only four to five days ago,” said Singh.
Ghazipur SP (City) Sunil Kumar Singh said: “The complainant has mentioned in the FIR that more than a month ago, Rajbhar had objected to a person eloping with a girl in a neighbouring village. This had led to an argument, in which the other party had threatened him of dire consequences. We are working on all possibilities. Special Operations Group personnel are also involved in the investigation.”