A Janata Dal Rashtravadi party candidate and one of his supporters were shot dead during their poll campaign in Bihar’s Sheohar, while the suspected attacker was also lynched.
Shri Narayan Singh, 45, was killed on Saturday evening while campaigning at Hathsar village in the Puyanhiya police station area, the police stated.
Singh himself had a criminal record and over three dozen cases registered against him, they said.
Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh linked the killing to a “gang war”.
Sheohar’s Sub-Divisional Police Officer Rakesh Kumar said Singh was shot in his chest and he was rushed to the Sheohar Sadar Hospital from where he was referred to another facility, but he died on the way.
SP said that Singh was campaigning when the attack happened. The suspected attacker was in the crowd walking with the candidate and shot at him.
One of the candidate’s supporters was also injured and he later died, he added.
The attacker was then beaten to death by the mob. The Sheohar seat has 15 candidates in the fray, including five Independents.
The RJD, the JDU and the LJP have fielded their candidates from the seat. The BSP is also contesting.
Police said security has been tightened in the area and paramilitary personnel deployed. Trihut Range Inspector General of Police Ganesh Kumar visited the spot.