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BJP leader cries murder attempt

Police on Tuesday launched a manhunt for a criminal, who allegedly wanted to kill local BJP leader Gurdev Singh Raja in Sakchi late on Monday night but could not execute the plot.

According to sources, Chandan Yadav had come armed with a pistol to shoot at Raja, a senior functionary of Sakchi-based Central Gurdwara, while he was busy at his ice cream parlour on Kalimati Road around 10.30pm.

Yadav was accompanied by one Rajiv Pathak (28) of Kadma, who was arrested from the spot on Monday night itself along with a loaded pistol.

“Raja was busy dealing with customers when his nephew spotted Rajiv with a pistol tucked in his waist. He alerted Raja, who kept calm and immediately called up Sakchi police without creating a fuss. Inspector Gopal Singh rushed to the spot and rounded up Rajiv, while Yadav managed to flee,” a police source said.

Soon after the arrest, BJP’s district president Rajkumar Srivastava and other party workers reached Sakchi police station and created a ruckus.

On Tuesday morning, a group of people belonging to the Sikh community met senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amol V. Homkar and urged him to ensure Yadav’s arrest at the earliest.

Former president of Central Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee Shailender Singh said police must act fast and arrest Yadav, who has a series of grievous cases registered against him at various police stations, including Sakchi.

“We thank police for acting promptly and arresting one of the criminals (Rajiv Pathak), but the other one, Chandan Yadav, must be arrested soon. Then only we will be able to know who wanted to kill Raja,” Singh said.

SSP Homkar confirmed that a delegation of Sikh people had met him over the demand of Yadav’s arrest.

“They praised the police for prompt action. But the intention of the two men who went to the ice cream parlour with guns is still not clear. According to information reaching us, it seems that they had no plan to kill Raja and wanted to commit a crime elsewhere, probably at Kadma. Still, we are trying to unravel the mystery. But for this we need to arrest Yadav first,” Homkar added.