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Another politician gunned down in north India, 3 days after similar killing

Published on Jun 10, 2014 9:44 PM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Two men on a motorcycle shot dead on Monday a politician from the ruling party of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh, the second such killing in a week, prompting concern about lawlessness in the northern state.

Mr Omveer Singh, a local politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was riding a motorcycle to his hometown around 7am when two unidentified men pulled up and "shot him till he died", said local police official Kamal Singh.

Mr Singh shot back and wounded one of the assailants, but they managed to drive away. They did not take the two mobile phones, wallet and cash the politician had on him, said the policeman.

The shoot-out took place in Muzaffarnagar district, a flashpoint in western Uttar Pradesh in which some 60 people were killed in Hindu-Muslim riots last year. It was the latest in a surge of apparently unconnected violent incidents coinciding with a summer heatwave and the general election last month won by the BJP.

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