In a sensational incident, a BJP leader was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Dhaluana area of district Hapur on Monday morning.

Enraged party workers protested at Dhalauna police station demanding immediate arrest of those responsible.

The deceased BJP leader Rakesh Sharma, who was Mandal Adhyaksh, was on way to the school in Chajjupur area of Djaulana where he worked as a peon when some unknown people started shooting at him.

SP of Hapur Yashveer Singh said that Sharma was on the way to his school when car-borne criminals suddenly appeared from the rear and shot him dead. A case has been registered by the family members of the deceased and his body has been sent for postmortem.

The SP said that police have started an investigation and will probe the case from different angles.

Sharma was a resident of Karanapur Jat village of Dhaulana area. Besides working in the school he was also a Mandal Adhyaksh of the BJP.

The murder of a party leader in broad daylight enraged the party workers in the area who gathered at Dhaulana police station to protest the killing and demanded immediate arrest of the assailants.