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Local BSP leader shot dead in UPs Allahabad district
A BSP leader was shot dead in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday night.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader who has been identified as Mohammad Shami was shot dead in Allahabd district of Uttar Pradesh. The assailants fled from the scene on a bike.

The incident has led to heightened tension in the area and Shami's supporters sat in protest on the Allahabad-Pratapgarh highway. They were demanding immediate arrest of the culprits as well as security for his family. Th police have however dispersed the protestors and have launched an investigation to nab the culprits.

“60-year-old Mohammad Shami was gunned down by assailants close to his residence near Mauaima police station, 40 km from Allahabad city,” Senior Superintendent of Police Shalabh Mathur said.

Mathur also added that Shami, a five-time president of the Mauaima block, was also allegedly involved in a number of criminal cases including cases of murder and dacoity. He also said that those named in the police complaint lodged by Mr Shami's family members will be questioned soon.

Shami was a long time supporter of the Samajwadi Party but had joined the BSP in 2016, after losing the Panchayat election.

Reacting to the murder, Mayawati said, “Either BJP or SP in UP cannot control the law and order conditions. Yogi Adityanath is the CM now and being a mahant he will just communalise UP and won't be doing any development in the state.”

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