Lucknow: Policemen were attacked and government property damaged as violence broke out in Uttar Pradesh's Ambedkar Nagar district after a Hindu leader was shot dead, police said on Monday.

Ram Babu Gupta, district president of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Sunday night while he was returning from his hotel in Tanda, 470 km from Lucknow.

As news of the killing spread, his supporters took to the streets, torching vehicles, attacking policemen and damaging government and other properties.

District president of Hindu Yuva Vahini shot dead in Ambedkar Nagar
Protesters on rampage; torch vehicles, damage public property
Station house officer thrashed, policemen chased away
Efforts on to control the irate mobs

Police personnel who reached the crime scene were chased away and the station house officer was thrashed. Many vehicles, including a police jeep, were torched, forcing the police to fire in the air.

Officials said the situation was brought under control early on Monday morning and efforts were on to pacify the irate mobs that had gathered at the house of the slain politician.

"The supporters of the deceased have gone on the rampage. We are trying to bring the situation under control," Superintendent of Police D P Srivastava told reporters.


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