"Hundreds of supporters of the murdered leader, mostly BJP local leaders and workers, blocked roads and burnt tyres. They also raised slogans against the state government," a district police official said.

Tension prevailed in the area but the situation was brought under control as additional security forces were deployed, police officials said.

Bharti was a confidant of BJP MP from Siwan Om Prakash Yadav. He contested the 2010 state assembly polls but lost.

Bharti's family members and supporters considered his murder as a political killing planned by rivals.

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