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Gujarat BJP leader shot dead in moving train

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Senior BJP and former MLA was shot dead by unidentified persons while he was travelling in a train in the wee hours of Tuesday, police said.

The incident took place around 2 am in the Bhuj-Dadar Express trainwhen Bhanushali, 53, was returning to Ahmedabad from Bhuj town of district in

Bhanushali had stepped down from the post of BJP's last year after a woman accused him of rape. However, the had quashed the case in August 2018 after the woman withdrew the complaint.

He was apparently shot dead between Gandhidham and Surajbari stations in the neighbouring district, district's of Police Karanraj Vaghela said.

"The railway police on board informed the police that Bhanushali was shot dead in the train. When the train reached Maliya station of Morbi, we recovered the body and sent it for post-mortem," he said.

As per preliminary investigation, two bullets were fired at him, Vaghela said.

"We also recovered some empty bullet cases from the compartment and sent them for forensic examination. The railway police will file an FIR in connection with the incident," he said.

Bhanushali had represented the constituency in from 2007 to 2012.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 11:20 IST