Motorcycle-borne criminals on Saturday shot dead a local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and severely injured another in the city, police said.
The incident took place in Khora locality of Ghaziabad.
According to police, Gajendra Bhati and his party colleague Balbir Chauhan were sitting in the former’s office when around 12 noon three criminals came on a motorcycle and started firing indiscriminately at them. After pumping bullets into them, they fled.
Both were rushed to the nearby Metro Hospital, where Bhati was declared dead, while Chauhan is said to be fighting for his life.
“Bhati was a BJP leader and Chauhan his party colleague,” said H.N. Singh, an aide of Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police.
No complaints had been filed so far in connection with the incident, but they were trying to nab the criminals, Singh added.