In a yet another shocking tragedy in Uttar Pradesh, former Bulandshahr MP and Samajwadi party leader, Kamlesh Balmiki (52) has been found dead at his Khurja residence on Monday by the police, according to PTI.
Sources report that several injury marks have been found on his body which has been sent for post-mortem by local authorities. Balmiki's nephew, Lalit had alerted the police about his uncle's demise in the afternoon, a senior police official said talking to PTI.
"The house was bolted from inside. It was somehow opened by four members of the family The iron gate of the room, where Balmiki's body was found, was also locked from inside and the family members had to open that as well," Khurja Circle Officer Gopal Singh said.
While the body has been taken into custody and the police suspect it to be a case of poisoning and await the post-mortem report to ascertain the exact cause of death.
"The body has been sent for post-mortem, but prima facie it appears to be a case of poisoning with the body turning slightly blue. We can confirm the cause only after getting the post-mortem report," he said.
Balmiki had won the 2009 Lok Sabha election from the Bulandshahr (reserved) constituency and served as a member of the Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution in the 15th Lok Sabha.
Earlier on Saturday, Amethi MP Smriti Irani's aide, 50-year-old Surendra Singh who was a former head of the Baraulia village was shot at around 11:30 pm. He was immediately rushed to a Lucknow hospital but succumbed during treatment, as per Additional Superintendent of Police Daya Ram.
Union Minister Smriti Irani had flown from Delhi to Amethi and met Surendra Singh's family to offer her condolences. The MP-elect said that Singh was killed so that Amethi could be "terrorised, disintegrated and bowed down".
Earlier on Monday, Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh said that they have arrested three accused and have recovered the pistol used in the murder.
(Inputs from PTI)