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On Tuesday morning Om Vir Singh, a local BJP leader in Muzaffarnagar district’s Mirapur area, was shot dead while he was returning to his residence. Singh’s murder takes place barely three days after Dadri BJP leader Vijay Pandit was shot dead.

The police said that Singh, like every other day, was on his way to native village, Nangla Khepri, on the outskirts of Muzaffarnagar. “He went there every day. After he retired from the Army, he started living in the city. But he went back every day to tend to his farmland,” said a police officer. Singh was the vice-president of BJP’s Mirapur (city) committee and was appointed by the serving BJP Muzaffarnagar president, Satya Pal Sharma. “Singh’s leadership qualities made him very important during campaigning. He wasn’t very old. His father was also in the BJP,” said Sharma.
Mirapur, though in Muzaffarnagar district, is one of Assembly segments that constitute the Bijnore Lok Sabha seat.
As per the police, he was gunned down a little past 6:30 am by assailants who haven’t been identified. “Two men came on bikes and shot him from behind. He was also on his bike, and fell down due to the impact,” a police officer said.

The police said that as per eyewitness reports and evidence gathered from the scene of the crime, Singh had retaliated. “Eyewitnesses said that he tried to bring out his gun and tried to shoot at them. But they fired more rounds into him and he died on the spot,” said the police officer. “We are looking at all possible angles. However, the FIR makes no mention of the fact that he was a BJP leader,” said Rakesh Jouli, SP Crime, Muzaffarnagar.

The BJP claimed that the death was part of a political conspiracy hatched by the SP to eliminate local support for the BJP. “The SP government has failed time and again to protect the common man and BJP supporters,” said Mohit Beniwal, a local BJP leader.

After his body was taken for post mortem in Muzaffarnagar, BJP workers protested and demanded justice. Similar protests took place near his residence at Punjabi Colony in Mirapur.

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