Smriti Irani’s Amethi aide was murdered due to personal feud: Confirms Uttar Pradesh DGP

Smriti Irani in Amethi
Imp: Earlier this story mentioned that those accused of the murder were BJP workers, as was apparent from the fact that there was rivalry due to support of the deceased to a specific candidate in local elections; however, after the update from UP Police, on Twitter, the story has been duly updated.

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Original Article from Economic Times dated May 28

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Three people were arrested on Tuesday, in the murder of a former village head in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi. The deceased who worked closely with BJP leader Smriti Irani during her Lok Sabha campaign, was murdered due to “personal rivalry”.

Uttar Pradesh police chief OP Singh said:

“We have arrested three murder suspects. Two suspects are still absconding and we will catch them soon. On the basis of all evidence it is very clear that the five murder suspects and the victim had personal rivalry.” 

Surendra Singh was a BJP worker, who was attacked at his home on Sunday at around 3am. While he was rushed to the hospital in Lucknow for medical aid, he succumb to his injuries subsequently.

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Amethi Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said those arrested have been identified as Ramchandra, Dharmanath and Naseem, while two persons were on the run.

“The incident is a result of old enmity. There was also tension between the slain former pradhan and Dharamnath since the last panchayat election.”

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“One of the accused wanted to contest the panchayat election but Singh was supporting another aspirant, the police officer said.”

Smriti Irani also attended the funeral later in the day and announced that she would move the Supreme court if required, to seek death sentence for the killers. She then quoted:

“I have taken a vow before Surendra Singh ji’s family. The one who fired at him and the one who ordered it…. even if I have to go to Supreme Court to seek death sentence for them, I will knock the doors of the court.”

Irani had been stationed in Amethi ahead of the elections. Surendra Singh had actively participated in her election campaign and had earned praise from the BJP leader in her speeches at public meetings.

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Amethi has been a bastion of the Gandhi family for several decades. It had been widely speculated that Singh was murdered because he had campaigned for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani.

The right-wing trolls started spreading baseless rumours indicating that it was at the behest of the Congress that Singh was killed. Below are some of the tweets which were maliciously spread to tarnish the image of grand old party.


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