Shiv Sena leader Sudhir Suri was shot dead in Punjab’s Amritsar. The incident took place outside a temple in the city. Shiv Sena leaders were protesting outside the temple and this is when someone from the crowd came and shot Suri.
Amritsar Police Commissioner Arun Pal Singh confirmed his death.
Shiv Sena leaders were staging a sit-in protest against the temple authorities after some broken idols were found in trash outside the temple premises. The incident took place at Gopal temple located on Amritsar’s Majitha Road.
During the protest, some people shot at Suri. While some of his supporters tended to him, others were seen firing shots in the air.
According to sources, the police have arrested the attacker. The Shiv Sena leader was attacked while he was talking to a police official. The accused shot three bullets at Suri and ran inside a building. He was arrested by police later.
Police have started investigating the matter.
Suri was reportedly on a hitlist and a huge posse of security was already provided to him. The crowd caught hold of the suspected attacker and he was later taken into custody by police. The suspected attacker has been identified as Sandeep Singh.
Reacting to the incident, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Tajinder Singh Bagga slammed Aam Aadmdi Party (AAP) government and said that law and order has collapsed in Punjab. “Law and order collapsed in Punjab, Shiv sena leader Sudhir Suri injured in firing in Amritsar,” he tweeted.
Suri was in the news after being arrested on charges of using offensive language against a particular community and provoking religious sentiments in July this year.
He had posted a video on social media where he, along with some of his associates, can be heard saying objectionable words against the community.