Former Haryana deputy CM’s second wife attempts suicide (Lead)

January 29th, 2009 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Jan 29 (IANS) Anuradha Bali alias Fiza, the second wife of former Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan alias Chand Mohammed, was admitted to a hospital here Thursday after a suicide bid.The Mohali police have lodged a case against her for attempt to commit suicide.

“In normal circumstances, she could not consume so many sleeping pills that she has to be hospitalised. Moreover, her condition has still not become stable even after seven hours of the incident,” Varinder Pal, superintendent of police (city), told IANS Thursday evening.

Terming it a “clear-cut case of attempt to commit suicide”, he said the police have filed a case against her.

However, the police will record her statement Friday when her condition becomes steady, Pal added.

Bali had taken an overdose of sleeping pills at her house in Sector 48 of Mohali town adjoining Chandigarh. Some sleeping pills were found near her bed, family members said.

She was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 here by her mother and neighbours, who had to physically carry her out of her bedroom.

Doctors at the hospital said they had pumped her stomach and were keeping her under observation.

Bali and Chander Mohan converted to Islam and changed their names to Fiza and Chand Mohammed to get married in December 2008.

The Chand-Fiza saga - which began with his mysterious ‘disappearance’ in November last year and resurfacing after getting a new religion, wife and name - came into limelight again Wednesday when Chander Mohan suddenly left Bali’s house where he has been staying for the last two months.

Bali alleged that he was “kidnapped” by his younger brother Kuldip Bishnoi’s men but Chander Mohan refuted her allegation, saying he left the house on his own and had told her about it. He was found in an inebriated condition at Raj Ghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, a strong advocate of abstinence - in Delhi.

Chander Mohan, a sitting Congress legislator from the Kalka assembly seat adjoining Chandigarh, lost his job as Haryana’s deputy chief minister after his controversial marriage to Bali.

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