October 22, 2020 4:01:21 pm
Despite the notice served on him by the BJP over his recent remarks, party MLA Surendra Singh on Thursday again defended a murder accused, saying “a criminal got killed at the hands of a soldier in the firing”.
The main accused in the case is the district unit president of the BJP ex-servicemen cell.
Local BJP leader Dhirendra Pratap Singh had shot dead a 46-year-old man following a quarrel over the allotment of ration shops in Ballia district’s Durjanpur village on October 15.
Surendra Singh, the MLA from Bairia, had come out in his support, saying Dhirendra Pratap Singh had “opened fire in self-defence” as “it was a do-or-die situation for him”.
“Jai Prakash Pal Gama, who was killed in the firing incident, was a criminal. He had four cases of train dacoity against him,” Surendra Singh told reporters here.
The MLA said “a criminal got killed at the hands of a soldier in the firing”.
“Gama had encroached upon the land of one Lokanath Tiwari in his village and attacked Tiwari when he objected to it,” Surendra Singh said, claiming that his party “approved of his stand”.
He claimed that he met senior BJP leaders in the past few days and all have said…