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BSP leader shot dead in Uttar Pradesh


Lucknow: A Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader was Wednesday shot dead in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda district while he was participating in a party demonstration against the women’s reservation bill, police said.

Hanuman Sharan Shukla was shot dead by an unidentified assailant while he was staging a sit-in protest along with other BSP workers against the bill that promises 33 percent quota to women in the Lok Sabha and the state legislatures.

“Shukla was shot dead at point blank range. He died on the spot,” police inspector Bharat Yadav told reporters in Gonda, some 200 km from Lucknow.

“Though the exact reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained, we have learnt that it could be a fallout of an old rivalry. Investigations are on to nab the culprit,” he added.

Shukla was also a member of the Zila Panchayat.