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Personal enmity behind firing at AAP MLA Yadav convoy, say police; 1 held

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Personal enmity behind firing at AAP MLA Yadav convoy, say police; 1 held

Thursday, 13 February 2020 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

The Delhi Police has arrested a 45-year-old man for allegedly opening fire at the convoy of newly-elected Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) legislator Naresh Yadav and killing one of his supporters.

The incident took place near Kishangarh area when Yadav was returning back in procession after winning South Delhi’s Mehrauli seat. Police said that Yadav and his supporters were returning for home after visiting a temple on Tuesday late night when the firing incident occurred and a party volunteer was killed in the incident while one sustained bullet injuries. Police said that initial investigation suggest personal enmity behind the killing.

The AAP volunteer killed in the incident has been identified as Ashok Mann while the accused has been identified as Dharmender, alias Kallu, both resident of Kishangarh area. The injured has been identified as Harinder (46), a resident of Kishangrah village. Police have recovered a country-made pistol along with two cartridges from the possession of the accused. Police also said that manhunt has been initiated to nab the other two accused who are on run.

According to Ingit Pratap Singh, the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), southwest district, a police control room (PCR) call was received at around 11:16 PM on Tuesday from Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj regarding admission of two persons with gunshot injuries.

“A police team reached the hospital and found that Ashok Mann succumbed to his injuries during the treatment while Harindar who had gunshot wound in his right thigh was undergoing treatment.  The place of occurrence of the incident is on Aruna Asif Ali Road near traffic light of Fortis Hospital,” said the Additional DCP.

“During initial investigation, it was revealed that the three assailants are known to the deceased. They are all residents of same Kishangarh area. The victim had stated that the three alleged had threatened Ashok around 15 days ago and petty quarrels used to take place between both parties, but the matter was not reported to police earlier,” said the additional DCP.

“A First Information Report (FIR) under section 302/307/120-B/34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 25 Arms Act have been registered at Kishangarh police station and three people have been mentioned as suspects in the FIR. Dharmendra has been arrested while police teams are searching for other two,” the additional DCP added.

Sources said seven rounds were fired at the MLA’s convoy.

AAP senior leader Manish Sisodia said that law and order situation in Delhi is a matter of concern. Delhi Police should take action and arrest the culprit immediately, he said.

“Convoy of MLA Naresh Yadav attacked in Mehrauli, Ashok Mann killed. Naresh Yadav was returning home after visiting a temple,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh said in a tweet in Hindi. “At least one volunteer has passed away due to bullet wounds. Another is injured,: AAP tweeted.

Ankit Lal, AAP’s social media in-charge, added that the miscreants in another car opened fire on the MLA’s convoy near Fortis Hospital.

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