BJP leader’s body found in car on highway

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BAREILLY: A senior office bearer of BJP, who had gone missing on Friday evening, was found dead in his car on Baheri-Nainital highway on Saturday with multiple injury marks.

The body of Rakesh Rastogi, 40, the divisional vice-president of BJP’s Nainital unit, was found tied with a nylon rope, leading to suspicion that he had been murdered, police said.

Rastogi had reportedly gone missing after he left his house on Friday evening for some personal work.

His family members had frantically looked for him but in vain. On Saturday morning, his body was found inside his Santro car by the Baheri police, who sent it for postmortem.

Baheri CO Kalu Singh said, “Prima facie, the incident appears to be a case of murder but we are awaiting the postmortem report to establish facts. The family members of the victim have refused to tell us if he had personal enmity with anyone.”

BJP leader Rakesh Tyagi demanded that those involved in the killing of Rastogi be nabbed within 24 hours, failing which the party would take to the streets.

BJP leader Vijay Pandit was shot dead in Dadri area of Greater Noida, while Om Veer was killed in Muzaffarnagar a few days ago.

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