A former Indian convicted lawmaker shot dead live on TV

A former Indian convicted lawmaker shot dead live on TV

Prayagraj, U.P. 16 Apr: A former Indian lawmaker convicted of kidnapping and facing murder and assault charges was shot dead along with his brother in a dramatic attack that was caught live on TV in northern India, officials said Sunday. Atiq Ahmad and his brother Ashraf were under police escort on their way to a medical checkup at a hospital on Saturday night when three men posing as journalists targeted the two brothers from close range in Prayagraj city in Uttar Pradesh state.

Atiq and his brother were shot dead by three shooters on Saturday when they were brought in for a medical check-up.

The men quickly surrendered to the police after the shooting, with at least one of them chanting “Jai Shri Ram,” or “Hail Lord Ram,” a slogan that has become a battle cry for Hindu nationalists in their campaign against Muslims. Uttar Pradesh is governed by India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party since 2017. (AP)

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