UP: Violence grips Allahabad, bus set ablaze after BSP leader’s killing

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Allahabad: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Rajesh Yadav was shot dead outside an Allahabad University hostel, prompting an angry reaction from his supporters who torched a bus, the police said on Tuesday.

Yadav, along with his friend Mukul Singh, had gone to meet someone outside the Allahabad University’s Tara Chand hostel when the incident took place early on Tuesday morning, they said.

Yadav was BSP’s candidate from Gyanpur in the Uttra Pradesh state elections in 2016.

“It was around 2.30 AM (early morning) when Yadav had an altercation with someone outside the hostel and he was attacked. The bullet hit his stomach,” Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Vineet Jaiswal said.

Jaiswal said the 40-year-old BSP leader succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at a hospital.

Yadav’s body was then sent for post-mortem, he said.

An FIR has been lodged after the victim’s wife filed a complaint in which Singh has been named as an accused, the police said.

Jaiswal said a case has also been registered against other unidentified persons.

Angry BSP supporters gathered at Indian Press chowk after hearing about Yadav’s death and torched a roadways bus, they said.