A day after the body of Kamlesh Balmiki, Samajwadi Party (SP) MP from Bulandshahar, was recovered from his home in Khurja area of Bulandshahr, BSP leader Haji Ahsan and his nephew Shadab were brutally shot dead in broad daylight in Najibabad, district Bijnor on Tuesday.

Haji Ahsan, a resident of Pathanpura of Najibabad, was in the real estate trade and also associated with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

The Police have started an investigation in the sensational double murder case.

Haji Ahsan was the in-charge of BSP Najibabad in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections in which the party candidate Malok Nagar emerged victorious.

On Tuesday, Haji Ashan was sitting in his office located at Guru Nanak Complex, near Gurudwara, when two men arrived there with a box of sweets at around 2 pm. They said that they have come to offer sweets after the victory of the BSP candidate in the election. They opened the box, and much to the shock of the BSP leader and two others present there, they whipped out a 9 mm pistol from it. They shot Haji Ahsan and his nephew Shadab, who was sitting near him on the sofa. After pumping bullets in the two, they ran away, leaving them in a pool of blood.

However, the assailants did not target Dr Anwar who was also present there at the time of the incident. He immediately informed the police and rushed the duo to the hospital where they were declared dead.

Circle Officer Najibabad Mahesh Kumar reached the scene of crime along with a team of forensic experts who collected the samples and other exhibits. “The investigation is going on and we are considering every possible angle in the case”, said CO Kumar.