BSP leader and daughter found murdered, protests in Barabanki
January 20th, 2010 - 1:06 pm ICT by IANS -
Lucknow, Jan 20 (IANS) A leader of Uttar Pradesh's ruling Bahujan
Samaj Party (BSP) was found murdered along with his teenaged daughter
in his home in Barabanki, triggering violent protests in the town
Wednesday, police said.
Sushil Kumar, 48, president of the party's Bhaichara Banao Samiti
(Brahmin-Dalit Goodwill Committee) in Barabanki district, was found
with his throat slit Tuesday night. His 18-year-old daughter Ranjeeta
appeared to have been strangled with her dupatta at their Awas Vikas
Colony home in Barabanki, about 35 km from here.
Demanding the arrest of those involved in the killings, a large number
of BSP activists Wednesday took to the streets, resorting to vandalism
at public places and targeting several vehicles on the roads.
"Taking into account the series of protests, additional security has
been deployed at a number of places," police inspector Ramesh Dubey
told reporters in Barabanki.
The murders were reported by the BSP leader's son Rahul. "Rahul had
called up his sister's phone a number of times. After all the calls
went unanswered, Rahul reached his home and saw the doors were latched
from outside. Later, he came across the two bodies and approached us,"
No arrests have been made yet and police are yet to establish a
motive, he added.
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