In a shocking incident, a BJP leader was shot dead by an unidentified bike-borne criminal at Tej Pratap Nagar in Bihar earlier today.

The victim is identified as Rajesh Kumar Jha, who was very active in Bihar's capital Patna.

Police have found CCTV evidence as the killing was caught on a camera installed in a nearby area. Police have already detained a few members in this connection and are probing the case.

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It is believed that someone close to the victim may have been responsible for this killing.

Sources say as the election date is nearing for Bihar, the killing of the BJP leader may be for political gains or to settle scores of an old rivalry.

Both Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states usually witness a rise in crimes during elections and such political murders cannot be ruled out.