Gorakhpur: A former Pradhan and Sector in charge of the ruling BJP Brajesh Singh was gunned down by criminals under Gulriha police station area late on Friday night.
Singh, a former pradhan of Narayanpur village, was shot at when he was returning on his motorcycle to his residence at around 2300 hrs.
Brajesh(52) was again contesting the Pradhan election and was slated to file his nominations on Saturday.
SSP Dinesh Kumar said that several persons have been detained in this connection and very soon the culprits would be nabbed.
He said preliminary investigation reveals that the killing was due to rivalry in the panchayat polls.