OP Singh, the Director General of Uttar Pradesh Police, on Monday, informed that the police have arrested three suspects in connection with the murder of Surendra Singh, former head of Baraulia village and a close aide of Amethi MP Smriti Irani. Singh said that two suspects are still at large and that they will be nabbed soon, adding that it is very clear that the five murder suspects and the victim had a local level political rivalry.

“We have arrested three murder suspects. Two suspects are still absconding and we will nab them soon. On the basis of all evidence, it is very clear that the 5 murder suspects and the victim had local level political rivalry,” ANI quoted OP Singh as saying.

Surendra Singh was shot dead at his residence in the wee hours of Sunday.

“He was shot around 3 am. We’ve taken a few suspects into custody,” ANI quoted Amethi SP as saying.  According to Additional Superintendent of Police Daya Ram, Singh was shot at by bike-borne assailants while he was sleeping outside his house. He succumbed to his injuries while on his way to a hospital in Lucknow.

Singh was instrumental in Smriti Irani’s history-defining victory over Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

Irani lost no time in reaching Amethi to meet the family of Surendra Singh and participated in his cremation. She even carried the bier on her shoulders.

She told his family members that they were her responsibility and she would take care of them and asked party workers to exercise restraint.