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BJP leader Ravindra Kharat, 4 others shot dead by gunmen in Maharashtra's Jalgaon

The police has arrested three people in connection with the killing while tension prevails in the area. 

BJP leader Ravindra Kharat, 4 others shot dead by gunmen in Maharashtra's Jalgaon
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New Delhi: A local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and four of his family members were on Sunday shot dead at his residence in Maharastra's Jalgaon district by three gunmen. The police has arrested three persons in connection with the case. The incident took place late Sunday night when BJP corporator Ravindra Kharat, 55 and his family members were inside their residence, police said.

"Some unidentified persons killed BJP leader Ravindra Kharat, his brother Sunil Kharat, sons Rohit and Prem Sagar and a friend Sumit Fedre outside their residence in Bhusawal city Sunday night," Superintendent of Police (SP) Panjabrao Ugale told news agency ANI.

The incident took place at around 9:30 pm, in which two persons were killed on the spot. The three others injured were rushed to a nearby hospital, however, they succumbed to their injuries while they were on the way. According to the police, the assailants used guns and knives in the attack and then fled the spot.

"Prima facia it looks like a case of a personal dispute. We have detained three persons in the matter. The accused have also sustained some injuries and are being treated at a hospital," Ugale said.

Police have launched an investigation into the matter.