A former BJP MLA was shot at and around 20 people were injured in a brawl that erupted over an election-related dispute in Chhatarpur district, around 344km north east of Bhopal on Monday, police said.
Vijay Bahadur Singh Bundela (54), a resident of Chandla, sustained a bullet injury in his abdomen and is in a critical condition, police said. Bundela has been referred to Medanta Hospital in Delhi from district hospital.
The incident took place in Barigarh town. According to sources, Bundela was supporting Ram Vishal Vajpayee for the post of janpad panchayat president in Barigarh janpad elections which were held on Monday. Vajpayee won the election by five votes against his close opponent Meena Singh, wife of Pran Singh, who is also a prominent local leader.
Police said after the result was declared, Pran and his brother-in-law Brijbhan Singh along with their supporters went to meet Bundela, who was sitting at a tea stall near janpad panchyat building. Brijbhan entered into an argument with Bundela over the election issue which took an ugly turn.
Additional superintendent of police Neeraj Pandey said Pran's son Munnu Singh shot Bundela with a country-made pistol. Following the incident, supporters of both the parties started pelting stones at each other in which 20 people were injured.
Bundela was rushed to Chhatarpur district hospital from where he was referred to Delhi after preliminary treatment, said police sources.
Pandey said a case of attempt to murder had been registered against Munnu and some unidentified people. "Police are conducting search operation to arrest the accused," Pandey said.
Bundela was elected as an MLA two times from Chandla constituency. Bundela had lost the state assembly elections (2013) which he contested as a BJP.