Rakesh Singh, an independent candidate from Mahoba who was injured in a clash between alleged Samajwadi Party-BSP supporters in the constituency has succumbed to injuries.

Earlier on February 23, Saket Sahu, son of Siddha Gopal Sahu, Samajwadi Party’s Mahoba candidate, was shot at allegedly by supporters of the BSP candidate in Bajaraia area during. The injured Saket and BSP candidate Arimardan Singh’s nephew Rakesh, were referred to Lucknow and Kanpur for treatment.

According to the reports published in The Indian Express, Mahoba SP Gaurav Singh said the clash took place as cash was being distributed by one group. “The two groups were traveling in cars. One of the vehicles collided with another from the rival group around 3.10 am. Since each group had at least 10 supporters, they initially entered into a heated argument and later indulged in a scuffle,” he added.

Both sides have accused each other of rioting with armed weapons, unlawful assembly and attempt to murder in the FIR.

According to the reports, a verbal spat between the two sides turned into a clash and both the groups allegedly opened fire at each other in which Saket suffered bullet injuries.

Mahoba (city) SHO M P Verma, said cross FIRs have been lodged in the incident. In the first complaint, Siddha Gopal Sahu lodged an FIR against Himanchal Singh, Abhimanyu Singh, Pervez Baudh, Hasib, Kallu, Sameer Ansari, Sudhir Singh and six unidentified persons.

Whereas, the second was lodged by Devesh Singh, uncle of BSP candidate, against Saket Sahu, Saurabh, Tariq, Harsh Singh and four unidentified persons.