Former leader of the Hindu Mahasabha and leader of the Hindu Samaj Party, Kamlesh Tiwari was shot dead in broad daylight in Lucknow on Friday. He was rushed to the trauma centre in Lucknow where he succumbed to his injuries.

The attackers wearing saffron clothes, on the pretext of handing over a box of sweets, walked into Tiwari’s office in Khurshid Bagh area. Soon after walking in, they took out the firearm and shot Tiwari. The assailants flew the spot.

Tiwari had formed the Hindu Samaj Party in January 2017. Earlier he served as the president of Hindu Mahasabha.

Kamlesh Tiwari had made highly controversial remarks involving Prophet Muhammad. He was arrested and the National Security Act (NSA) was slapped on him. Later the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court revoked the NSA against him.

Kalanidhi Naithani, Senior Superintendent of Police, Lucknow said police teams have been formed to arrest the assailants.

This month, this is the fourth murder of a right-wing leader.

Within a week, BJP leaders Chaudhary Yashpal Singh, Kabir Tiwari and Dhara Singh were killed on October 8, October 10 and October 13 respectively.