Hyderabad, April 30 : The Home Minister, Ms P. Sabita Indra Reddy, on Saturday said that she came to know that a land dispute was the main reason behind the attack on MIM floor leader, Mr Akbaruddin Owaisi.
Speaking to the media in the Secretariat, Ms Sabita Indra Reddy said that the MIM MLAs told her that Mr Akbaruddin Owaisi was resisting the efforts of some persons who were trying to encroach upon Wakf land. She said that as Mr Akbaruddin Owaisi, several times, demanded that the State government take over the disputed land, the land seekers developed grudge against the MLA and attacked him between 11 am and 11.15 am when he was returning after participating in a government programme. The miscreants used deadly weapons and shot at Mr Akbaruddin causing severe injuries. Sharply reacting to the shooting, the gunman of Malakpet MLA, Mr Balal, who was behind Mr Akbaruddin, opened fire on the attackers in which one person died and two injured. However, the facts need to be ascertained during investigation, she maintained.
The Home Minister said that Mr Akbaruddin was immediately shifted to Owaisi hospital where he was being treated. His condition remained stable and no injuries were found on heart, kidneys and liver of Mr Akbaruddin in the medical tests, she added. “Police teams have been set up to nab the culprits involved in the attack on the MIM floor leader. The police would arrest the accused who are at large. The culprits in the incident would be punished stringently”, she added.
She said that the situation in the Old City was peaceful. The government has taken all possible steps to protect law and order in the city. She also made it clear that there was no room for violence in democracy.
Speaking to the media separately, the Director General of Police (DGP), Mr K. Aravinda Rao, said that the situation in the city was under control and did not need deployment of 20,000 policemen was reported in some news channels. The APSP and Octopus forces were only deployed in required areas. By and large, the situation in the city was peaceful. (NSS)