Uttarakhand BJP leader Rakesh Rastogi was strangulated: Post Mortem report

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Dehradun, June 15: After two BJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh were recently killed, another BJP leader from Uttarakhand, Rakesh Kumar Rastogi was on Sunday found dead in his car in Baheri area.

"According to the post mortem report, BJP leader Rakesh Kumar Rastogi was strangulated. His body also had several injuries which led to excessive bleeding," circle officer Baheri Kalu Singh said.

He said that police was trying to trace the assailants with the help of call details of Rastogi's phone and all "suspected" numbers have been put of surveillance.

The CO said that the BJP leader's family members have not lodged an FIR so far stating that they would first cremate him.

"A missing report of Rastogi had already been registered in Kichcha in Uddham Singh Nagar of Uttrakhand," he said.

Rastogi, hailing from Uttarakhand and vice-president of BJP's Kichcha unit, was found dead in Baheri area of the district in Uttar Pradesh yesterday.

"Rakesh Kumar Rastogi, who went missing Friday morning, was prima facie killed somewhere else and later his body was disposed of in Baheri area," Senior Superintendent of Police J Ravindra Gaur had said.

The official had said that Rakesh's skull had serious wounds and there were strangulation marks around his neck.

40-year-old Rakesh was an architect by pprofession.

Meanwhile, an attempt was made on the life of newly-elected BJP MP Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti allegedly by three persons in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, but she managed to escape unhurt, police said on Sunday.

Last week, 40-year-old Omveer, the president and deputy leader of Meerapur city unit of BJP was killed by two bike- borne assailants in Muzaffarnagar district of western Uttar Pradesh.

On June 7, 27 year old Vijay Pandit was shot dead by four assailants in Dadri area of Greater Noida.

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