Six people on three motorcycles arrived at the Asrohi crossing and opened fire, killing Akhilesh (27), Natiya (25), Neeraj (30) and Sonu (22) on the spot yesterday, Superintendent of Police Srikant Yadav said today.
The assailants fled after the shooting. Senior officials including Inspector General of Police Agra Zone and District Magistrate rushed to the area, which lies in the high-profie Mainpuri constituency earlier represented by ruling Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
A large contingent of police was deployed. Police had to face resistance from the families of the victims and other villagers when they entered the village.
Police could send the bodies for post mortem only after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav interacted with the victims' families on the request of the newly elected MP Tej Pratap Singh.
Jetendra Yadav, uncle of deceased Neeraj, has lodged an FIR at Police station Karhal against Rakesh Yadav alias Abba, Ram Ji Lal, Than Singh, Shishupal ingh, Ram Raj, Sushil alias Karu and Kutua.
No arrests have been made so far. IG has announced a reward of Rs 15000 for the arrest of main accused Rakesh Yadav.