A BJP corporator and four members of his family were shot dead at his residence in Maharashtra's Jalgaon district by three gunmen, police said. Police has arrested three persons in connection with the case so far. The incident took place late Sunday night when BJP corporator Ravindra Kharat (55) and his family members were inside their residence, police said.
"Some unidentified persons killed BJP leader Ravindra Kharat, his brother Sunil Kharat, sons Rohit and Prem Sagar and a friend Sumit Fedre outside their residence in Bhusawal city Sunday night," Superintendent of Police (SP) Panjabrao Ugale told news agency ANI.
The incident took place at around 9:30 pm, in which two persons were killed on the spot. The three others injured were rushed to a nearby hospital, however, they succumbed to their injuries while they were on the way.
According to police, the shooters entered the leader's home and sprayed bullets with country made pistol on him and his family members. All the assailants fled the spot but later surrendered themselves at the police station. The weapons used to commit the crime have been recovered. The exact reason behind the killing is yet to be ascertained.
"Prima facia it looks like a case of a personal dispute. We have detained three persons in the matter. The accused have also sustained some injuries and are being treated at a hospital," Ugale said.
A case of murder has been registered at Bajarpeth police station and interrogation of the accused is going on, he said.