Simdega (Jharkhand): The president of the BJP unit in Bolba block of Simdega district Umashankar Jaiswal was on Thursday shot dead by unidentified assailants, police said.

Two unidentified miscreants came on a motorcycle and shot dead Jaiswal at Pakarbahar village, Superintendent of Police Prabhat Kumar said.

Jaiswal was a businessman by profession.

Preliminary probe suggested that a criminal gang committed the crime, the SP said adding that in 2007, Jaiswal’s younger brother Ganga Jaiswal was also killed by the same group.

Ganga was also a BJP leader.