Hunt for killers of two BJP leaders in Gujarat

A day after two Bharatiya Janata Party leaders were gunned down in Gujarat’s Bharuch city, a massive manhunt has been launched to arrest the assailants, police said on Tuesday.

The police were trying to ascertain the identities of the shooters who gunned down from close quarters BJP’s former Bharuch district president Shirish Bengali and the party’s youth wing district general secretary Pragnesh Mistry late on Monday.

Bengali was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants, soon after he had returned from a party meeting in the city to discuss the upcoming local body elections.

He was in his office, from where he runs a local Gujarati daily, when the attackers barged in and shot him in the head.

Mistry, who was with Bengali in his office, was also shot at. Mistry was rushed to a hospital in a critical state and was pronounced dead on reaching there.

Police sources said the motive for the murders was not clear — given that Bengali and Mistry were neither politically active these days nor did they hold any post that mattered.


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