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Surendra Singh's son Abhay Pratap Singh talking to journalists

Amethi: The BJP activist in charge of Smriti Irani’s Lok Sabha election campaign in Amethi and former pradhan of Baraulia village Surendra Singh was beaten to death by gangsters and gunmen on Saturday night. Prima facie, electoral rivalry is the reason behind the murder.

The former pradhan’s son Abhay Pratap Singh said that his father was close to BJP candidate and Union minister Smriti Irani and was responsible for her campaign in the Lok Sabha election from the Amethi constituency. After Irani’s win, a victory march was conducted in the village. “I think some Congress supporters did not like it. Perhaps that’s why he was murdered,” the son said.

After the murder, a heavy police force was deployed in the village. After raiding several houses, the police have arrested many suspects.

How Singh was murdered

According to villagers, two motorcycle riders arrived at Singh’s place and called him out of the house. As soon as Surendra came out, the goons shot him in the head and fled.

The villagers took Singh to the public health centre in the village in an injured state. Looking at his condition, the doctors referred him to Lucknow. Surendra succumbed to his bullet injuries on the way to Lucknow.

Surendra wielded a lot of influence in the area, which benefited Smriti Irani. People close to the family say that his stature in the village grew following Irani’s victory in the Lok Sabha election, which activists of the Congress and rivals in the local panchayat did not like.

When the information reached the police, they raided the village in search of the suspects whom some villagers.

A panel of three doctors of KGMU, Lucknow, carried out the post-mortem of Surendra Singh’s body.

Smriti Irani offers emotional condolence

The atmosphere of the Baraulia village in Amethi following the murder of Singh is glum. There is anger simmering beneath the surface. MP Smriti Irani arrived at the house of the activist at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, met with Singh’s wife and sons.

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Amethi MP Smriti Irani condoling the death of her aide Surendra Singh at his residence

Irani said that it was her responsibility to look after the family. The MP went to the cremation ground for Singh’s last rites.

People gathered at the paternal village of Singh, Amarbojha, after the murder to offer condolences.

Abhay Pratap Singh said, “We should get justice. This is my fight. I will go up to the Supreme Court to seek justice.”

Thousands of people attended Singh’s funeral. They included Uttar Pradesh ministers Suresh Pasi, Mohsin Raza, MLAs Mayankeshwar Sharan Singh, Dal Bahadur, Gajadhar Singh and BJP district president Durgesh Tripathi.