Amethi: BJP leader Smriti Irani attended the funeral of her aide, a former village head and party worker who was shot dead in Amethi, and said she will “move the Supreme Court, if needed, to seek death sentence” for the killers.
Amethi – a bastion of the Gandhi family for decades – voted out Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, its three-time Member of Parliament, this time and opted for Irani.
Surendra Singh, former head of Barauli village, was shot dead by unidentified men around 3 am on Sunday. He was attacked at his home when he was sleeping, his son Abhay Singh told reporters. Seven people have been taken into custody in the murder case.
Smriti Irani reached Amethi in afternoon hours after the murder and met his family. She was one of the pallbearers at Surendra Singh’s funeral.
“I have taken a vow before Surendra Singh ji’s family. The one who fired at him and the one who ordered it…. even if I have to go to Supreme Court to seek death sentence for them, I will knock the doors of the court,” she said after the funeral. She also said it has been the policy of Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath government to ensure justice
Irani had virtually stationed herself in Amethi ahead of the elections. Surendra Singh had actively participated in her election campaign and had earned praise from the BJP leader in her speeches at public meetings.
Rukmani Singh, Surendra’s wife, has claimed he was killed because “he campaigned for the BJP leader. He did not have any rivalry with anyone. It was only after he supported and helped Irani win that he was killed,” she said.
Earlier, his son had alleged involvement of Congress supporters. “My father was an aide of Smriti Irani and he campaigned for her day and night. After she was elected as an lawmaker, a victory procession was carried out. I believe some Congress supporters didn’t like it,” he said.