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Firing on Asaduddin Owaisi’s Car: One Arrested, AIMIM Chief Says Attackers Followed Him, Urges EC to Probe

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Last Updated: February 03, 2022, 21:49 IST

New Delhi

Owaisi said that three to four rounds of bullets were fired targeting his vehicle, leading to the puncture of the tyres. (Credits: Twitter/ Asaduddin Owaisi)

Owaisi said that three to four rounds of bullets were fired targeting his vehicle, leading to the puncture of the tyres. (Credits: Twitter/ Asaduddin Owaisi)

The incident occurred when Owaisi was on his way to Delhi from Meerut. The Hyderabad MP said that the assailants fled the scene immediately leaving behind the weapons.

Lok Sabha MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s vehicle was today fired at by unknown assailants when the parliamentarian was returning from Uttar Pradesh. The incident occurred when Owaisi was on his way to Delhi from Kithaur, Meerut. The MP tweeted that four rounds of bullets were fired targeting his vehicle, leading to the puncture of the tyres. He had to then continue his journey in another vehicle.

The assailants, numbering 3-4, fled immediately after the incident leaving the weapons, the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad said, adding “we are all safe”. Owaisi also tweeted a picture of the vehicle that bore two bullet marks.

Speaking to ANI after the incident, Owaisi said that police have arrested one of the shooters and recovered the weapons. He also urged the Election Commission to probe the matter. “I think we were being followed by the attackers. Police have recovered the arms and arrested one shooter. I request the EC to investigate the matter. It’s the responsibility of the state and central governments to probe the matter,” he added.

The AIMIM chief was in Meerut to address a public meeting as part of campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh election, which goes to seven-phase polls from February 10.

Later, speaking on the incident, ADG, (law and order), Prashant Kumar said the police have identified two men involved in the attack based on the CCTV footage. The arrested person has been identified as Sachin Gurjar, a resident of Badalpur in Ghaziabad. The other accused has been identified as Shubham, who is yet to be arrested.

The ADG said that the accused had used a 9 mm pistol for the attack. He also said the reason behind the attack is still unknown and the matter is being probed. IG Merrut is heading the investigation.

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first published:February 03, 2022, 17:59 IST
last updated:February 03, 2022, 21:49 IST