Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Report #37 on the Era of Peace

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Khaleej Times Online

Hindu legislator, seven others shot dead in northern India

29 November 2005

LUCKNOW, India - Gunmen shot dead an opposition Hindu nationalist legislator and seven others on Tuesday in northern India, a senior state official said.

Krishnanand Rai was on his way to a wedding when attackers ambushed his jeep and sprayed it with bullets, Alok Sinha, principal home secretary of Uttar Pradesh state, said.

Rai and seven others -- including supporters and security guards -- were killed near Ballia town, 350 kilometres (220 miles) southeast of the state capital Lucknow, Sinha said.

Rai was rushed to hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

The slain legislator, a member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was facing some 40 criminal charges including kidnapping and murder, Sinha said.


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