Hyderabad: Akbaruddin Owaisi sustained serious injuries after a group of ten assailants opened fire on him here on Saturday even as one of the assailants was killed in retaliatory firing, police said.
Another MIM legislator Ahmed Balala and one more person accompanying Akbaruddin in his car were also injured in the attack at Barkas under Chandrayangutta assembly constituency in the old city.
The gunman of MLA Balala opened firing in defence killing one assailant while two others sustained grave injuries, police said.
Doctors at a corporate hospital where the injured assailants were admitted said that one of them was brought dead who was identified as Ibrahim.
Land row was said to be the reason for the attack on Akbaruddin, who had been preventing land-grabbers from encroaching on government land, mostly in the old city area.
The police arrested the main suspect Mohd Pahalwan when he visited the corporate hospital where the two seriously injured were admitted, they said adding efforts were on to nab others who were involved in the attack. “We have information that six more persons were involved in the attack, Police Commissioner A K Khan told reporters.
State Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy said special teams have been formed to nab the attackers and steps have been taken to maintain law and order situation in the city.
Akbaruddin Owaisi, who is also the floor leader of MIM in Andhra Pradesh Assembly, sustained bullet injuries (apart from injuries due to the sharp weapons) and was immediately rushed to Owaisi hospital where he was operated on.
Four bullets were removed during the operation, a senior health officer, deputed by the state government to monitor Owaisi’s health, said reports. “Two bullets were removed from intestine, one bullet each was removed from left abdomen side and shoulder. However, no vital organs were damaged and he is safe,” he said adding the MLA was being shifted to a corporate hospital in Banjara Hills for better care.
Son of MIM-founder and former MP Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi, Akbaruddin was first elected to the state Assembly in 1999 and served as deputy to his elder brother Asaduddin Owaisi who was leading the MIM in the House.
Meanwhile, MIM chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who flew in from Delhi and visited the hospital, demanded an impartial investigation in the incident.
“It was a brutal attack on our party MLA. I demand the union and the state government conduct investigations into the attack and find out the conspirators”, Asaduddin said.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy held a high-level meeting with Sabita Indra Reddy and later visited the injured MLA at the hospital. Political parties, including TDP, BJP, Lok Satta and Left parties, condemned the attack and demanded the culprits be brought to book. Assembly Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar was among several political leaders who visited the hospital.
Hundreds of supporters of the MLA assembled before the hospital following the incident even as a heavy police force was deployed.