Delhi legislator shot, stable (Second Lead)

June 2nd, 2012 - 8:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, June 2 (IANS) An independent Delhi legislator, Bharat Singh was Saturday shot in his office by three or four unidentified men who sped away in a car after the attack, said police. Singh was out of danger, hospital sources said.

Bharat Singh, 35, elected from Najafgarh, took a bullet on his left shoulder and another in his abdomen. The bleeding man was rushed to the Mata Chanan Devi Hospital at Janakpuri and operated upon.

After two surgeries, the legislator is out of danger and his condition is stable, a doctor at the hospital said.

Bharat Singh, police said, was at his office in Sarangpur village when the attack took place.

“Three to four assailants entered the office and fired randomly, injuring him critically. After committing the crime, they escaped,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Anil Kumar Ojha said.

Legislator’s uncle Dharampal, who too was injured in the attack at around 8.30 a.m., also was out of danger, he said. Police suspect personal enmity may be behind the shooting.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashok Chand told IANS: “Crime Branch of Delhi police has been assisting local police to find out the culprits who had shot the MLA, but there is no headway till now. Probe is on and suspected people are being questioned.”

Chand said the police got information about a motorbike used by the attackers, but it could not be traced.

Bharat Singh is brother of municipal councillor Kishen Pahalwan, who reportedly faces several criminal cases.

The attack came a day after Delhi’s legislators raised the issue of their security in the assembly.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra condemned the attack. “If an MLA can be shot during the day, it is a very, very serious situation. Delhi has become the crime capital.”

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