In a shocking incident, Shiv Sena leader Sudhir Suri was shot dead in Punjab's Amritsar on Friday, police said.
The incident took place outside Gopal Mandir on Majitha Road -- one of the busiest places in the city -- where Suri and some other leaders of the party were holding a protest after broken idols were found in the trash nearby.
According to police, more than five shots were fired at Suri after which he fell down and lost consciousness. He was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to bullet injuries, they said.
The accused has been arrested and the weapon used in the crime seized, police said. He has been identified as Sandeep Singh.
Suri was under security threat and was provided security by the government with around eight Punjab Police personnel being attached with him, they said.
At the time of the incident, Suri was seen surrounded by police personnel and speaking to some of them when sounds of shots being fired was heard.
Reacting to the incident, Punjab BJP president Ashwani Sharma said the law and order situation has completely broken down in the state.
(with inputs from PTI)
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