Malda: Local Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nripen Mondal was shot dead by unknown assailants in Malda district in West Bengal late Sunday night.
The assailants opened fire on Mondal's car in the Habibpur police station area of the district. The BJP leader's driver was critically injured in the attack.
Mondal was the Leader of the Opposition in the Habibpur Panchayat Committee and a Zila Parishad candidate for the upcoming panchayat elections in the state.
Eyewitnesses told police that there were around 12 gunmen who attacked Mondal's vehicle. Police said they suspect hand of local miscreants in the attack.