An Uttar Pradesh BJP leader, Brijpal Teotia, is in a critical state after attackers armed with an AK-47 rifle and guns fired at least 100 rounds at his SUV near Delhi on Thursday night.
The car used by the attackers, a Toyota Fortuner, has been found abandoned in a field 6 km away. An AK 47 rifle and two pistols have also been found.Many people have been held for questioning, say the police.
Reports that a woman cop is also being questioned are unconfirmed.Mr Teotia, 49, was travelling to Ghaziabad in his SUV when the attackers pulled up alongside and opened fire. The gunmen managed to escape.
The politician was taken to a hospital in Noida in a serious condition. Five others were injured.
“It is very shocking,” said Home Minister Rajnath Singh, targeting the UP government. “Law and order is a state subject, ultimately it is their responsibility,” he said today.Union Minister Mahesh Sharma, who met the wounded leader last night, said, “His life is in danger. He has been taken to operation theatre.”
Mr Teotia contested the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election but lost. He is a prominent member of the BJP’s kisan morcha or farmers’ body.He was driving back from Muradnagar, 45 km from Ghaziabad, after a family function when he was attacked. Hospital officials say Mr Teotia is in a critical condition and a team of doctors is monitoring his treatment.The attack has taken place at a time political parties have stepped up their campaign for the UP polls next year.