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BJP leader Vijay Pandit shot dead; family demands CBI probe

LiveMint logoLiveMint 08-06-2014 PTI

Greater Noida: The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) on Sunday came under attack over the killing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Pandit, who was cremated on Sunday amid tight security, with his family and member of Parliament (MP) Mahesh Sharma demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the murder.

Pandit’s wife Geeta alleged that he was killed due to election rivalry at the behest of local SP leader Narendra Bhati, who denied the allegation. “During Lok Sabha election, a criminal... had called and threatened that they will kill my husband and me if we campaign for BJP candidate Mahesh Sharma.”

“Later, SP candidate Narendra Bhati too had called and threatened. One threatening call was received from some contractor having patronage of ruling SP party. As we campaigned for Sharma, they took revenge and killed my husband,” Geeta, who is Dadri nagar panchayat chairman, alleged.

Bhati, however, said the allegations were lies.

“Why will I do such a thing? These are all lies,” he said.

Pandit’s family also accused the police of inaction saying they had informed the cops about the threats to Pandit but they paid no heed. “We will ask for a CBI probe. The administration is at fault,” Pandit’s brother Lokesh said.

After the post-mortem, Pandit’s body was taken to his house. Locals and BJP workers joined the procession to the cremation ground escorted by a large contingent of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and local police force.

The last rites of the BJP leader, who was shot dead Saturday night, were held at Dadri cremation ground. Gautam Budh Nagar MP Mahesh Sharma demanded a CBI inquiry and alleged there was jungle raj in the city as criminals were striking at will while the police failed to check rising crime. The killing of the BJP leader has “exposed” the law and order situation, he charged.

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “Nothing like government can be seen in UP. Law and order situation has completely been destroyed and the UP government is responding in a very casual way towards it.”

Sharma met the family members and expressed condolences. “He (Pandit) was like my brother and I was emotionally attached with him. I will ensure that he gets justice,” Sharma said.

He also added that he had spoken to Union home minister Rajnath Singh.

Promising swift action in the murder of the BJP leader, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said the culprits will not be spared.

The CM said that anyone found guilty in the incident would not be spared. Akhilesh directed senior officials to reach the spot and thoroughly investigate all aspects of the case. PTI

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