BJP lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh has been shot and injured in Holi function

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A legislator of Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was shot and injured by unidentified men during Holi festivities at the district party office in Lakhimpur-Kheri district on Thursday, police said.

Yogesh Verma, who sustained a bullet injury in his leg, is being treated at a medical facility and is out of danger, a police official said.

A brief altercation between Verma, who represents Lakhimpur Sadar, and some people preceded the incident.

“A case has been registered and investigation is underway,” Superintendent of Police Poonam said. The armed personal security officer of the MLA has since been suspended.