Four people accused of gunning down BJP leader Vijay Pandit in Greater Noida, India have been arrested.
The unidentified alleged assailants allegedly shot Pandit, 37, in the Dadri area on Saturday night. They came toward Pandit on two motorcycles and shot him in the head.
Police sources told NDTV that Pandit was returning from his brother’s shop in Bramhpuri around 8:30 p.m.
“They got off their bikes and began firing at Pandit. He was shot five times. Before anyone could react, the assailants fled the spot,” a police officer told the Indian Express.
The assailants also shot Pandit in the chest, and fired in the air to scare people away from the area. They fled, abandoning one of the motorcycles.
After the death, a mob set fire to around 16 vehicles near a police station in protest, as well as throwing stones at passing vehicles.
Pandit was taken to a hospital but was declared dead upon arrival.
Supports say he may have been killed as a result of initiating a campaign against an extortion racket targeting traders in the area.
Pandit’s wife Geeta Pandit is the chairperson of the Dadri Nagar Palika Parishad.