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BJP leader Killed in Uttarakhand by BSP leader

A local BJP leader Balwant Singh, head of Kotabagh, was shot dead allegedly by a BSP leader, sparking huge aggression in which a policeman was burnt alive by a crowd on Sunday which also set on fire a police station and over a dozen motor vehicle in Uttarakhand's Nainital district.

The Chief minister or uttarakhnad state Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal prepared a magisterial investigation into the murder of Balwant Singh, who was allegedly shot dead by BSP leader Neeraj Tiwari in Kaladunghi police station following a argument on Saturday night. The BSP leader Neeraj Tiwari was arrested.

On Sunday, the police station and a dozen vehicles, including those belonging to police and state roadways set in flame by the fuming followers of Balwant Singh.The Head constable of Uttaranchal police Puranlal, was also thrown into the fire by the crowd. He was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead. Senior superintendent of police Mohan Singh Bangyal said that eight persons in which six are police staff, were injured in the fighting.

The chief minister's spokesman Mr. Anil Chandola said that the Uttarakhand government ordered suspension of all police personnel who were on duty at the police station at the time of the murder of the BJP leader.

The provincial armed constabulary (PAC) personnel and police launched a joint action and recuperated control of the police station by afternoon. The supporters of BJP leader placed the body of his leader on a road near Haldwani Kotwali and blocked traffic. The body was cremated after senior officials assured them of quick action against the culpable. Large police contingents, including anti-riot troop, have been arranged in the tense area. SSP G S Mortolia said the situation was under control.

Mr Jyotsingh Bisht, convener of organization of block chiefs demanding a CBI probe and said that such an incident was not possible without the involvement of police. The Congress party claimed that the confidence of the people in the state government and police was very low due to this shameful incident.

Uttarakhand Congress president Yashpal Arya asked that If the ruling BJP leaders are not safe in the state then what is the value of the lives of common people?" He also declared that mafias had spread their tentacle across the uttarakhand state.

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