A former village head in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi, who worked closely with BJP leader Smriti Irani during her Lok Sabha campaign, was allegedly shot dead on Saturday night. Surendra Singh, a BJP worker, was attacked at his home; he died later at a hospital in Lucknow where he was taken for treatment, said police. The motive of the crime is not yet clear. "He was shot around 3 am. We've taken a few suspects into custody and the probe is on. It can be due to an old dispute or a political dispute," Amethi Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said.