India: Bharatiya Janata Party leader, five others injured in shooting
The injured were initially admitted at a hospital in Ghaziabad from where BJP leader Teotia was referred to Fortis Hospital in Noida. (Representative Image) Photograph: (DNA)
Senior BJP leader Brijpal Teotia and five others were seriously injured when they were attacked by armed assailants on Thursday.
The assailants allegedly fired more than 100 rounds at his convoy at Muradnagar in Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh.
According to Meerut zone inspector general Surjeep Pandey, at around 7.20 PM local time, unidentified assailants came in a car and opened fire at Teotia and others at Raoli Road under Muradnagar police station.
The injured were initially admitted at a hospital in Ghaziabad from where, Teotia was referred to Fortis Hospital in Noida, Pandey said.
Teotia, who had contested the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election from Muradnagar constituency, was on his way to Ghaziabad when the incident occurred, he added.
Additional director general of Uttar Pradesh Police (law and order) Daljit Singh Choudhury said the assailants were laced with AK-47 and other sophisticated weapons and their priority is to arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice.
"Police have seized sophisticated arms and ammunition from the crime scene. The Ghaziabad Police have launched an investigation at the spot, while Special Task Force and senior police officers will reach there soon," said Chaudhary, adding that their priority is to arrest and bring the assailants to justice.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma, who visited Fortis, Noida, where Tevatia and other six have been admitted in critical condition, said, "Doctors are saying that they are trying to save his life. It is a matter of investigation, and police will look into it."
Large amounts of ammunition, an AK-47 and two 9mm pistols were found from the crime scene, said police sources.
As per information, the BJP leader was accompanied by 20 private gunners, in spite of that the assailants attacked his convoy.