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A local shopkeeper shot and killed a divisive Punjab politician on Friday while a crowd was protesting in Amritsar with police present, inflaming the situation and igniting a political feud.

According to police officials, Sandeep Singh, who owned a clothing store next to the temple where Sudhir Suri was protesting, fired at him five times. Sandeep Singh was the 58-year-old leader of the right-wing group Shiv Sena (Taksali) in Punjab. Singh was ultimately detained.

Police did not immediately assign a motive, but they did state that they will act quickly to look into every aspect of the case.

The Waris Punjab De Chief Amritpal Singh, who has courted controversy in the past for his remarks supporting the construction of Khalistan, had stickers on his car's windows that appeared to be associated with the crime scene. The automobile was parked close to the crime scene. However, the authorities would not confirm a connection between the costume and the crime.