A 40-year-old BJP leader was shot dead by motorbike-borne gunmen just after he got down from his vehicle at Bank More area of Dhanbad on Wednesday, police said.
Satish Singh, who was the vice-president of the partys Kendua unit in Dhanbad city, was talking on his mobile phone when two men, with their faces covered, came from behind on a motorbike, shot him on the head from point blank range and fled.
When Singh was taken to a hospital, doctors declared him brought dead.
“The incident was captured on a CCTV camera installed in a nearby house. We have started an investigation. The killers will be arrested soon,” City Superintendent of Police R Ramkumar said.
Dhanbad Sadar MLA Raj Sinha, to whom Singh was considered close, claimed that it is a political killing.
“Satish had been emerging as a popular leader. So he was killed,” Sinha said.
The MLA, however, did not name any political party which could be involved in the killing.
He alleged that the incident is a sign of deteriorating law and order in Dhanbad where criminals can kill someone in broad daylight and flee easily.