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As legislators demand more security, MLA shot at in Delhi

A day after city legislators created a ruckus in the assembly demanding enhanced personal security, chief minister Sheila Dikshit asked police commissioner BK Gupta to do the needful. But it took a near-fatal attack on a local MLA for the order to come through. Watch

delhi Updated: Jun 03, 2012 00:33 IST
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A day after city legislators created a ruckus in the assembly demanding enhanced personal security, chief minister Sheila Dikshit asked police commissioner BK Gupta to do the needful. But it took a near-fatal attack on a local MLA for the order to come through.

Najafgarh MLA Bharat Singh, 35, and a relative were shot at and left for dead in the southwest Delhi locality on Saturday. The Indian National Lok Dal leader was entering his office with his uncle, Dharampal, a little after 8am when three-to-four men shot them several times. The two were hospitalised and are now stable.

Singh is the younger brother of municipal councillor Krishan Pehalwan who, police say, has a criminal background. Some investigators claimed this could be the reason for the attack while others attributed it to Singh’s enmity with a local criminal.

“Eyewitnesses said the assailants walked up to the two, showered them with bullets and walked away,” a senior police officer said. “The men came in a motorcycle and a car, which they probably parked behind Singh’s office. After they fled, an onlooker took the injured men to Mata Channan Devi Hospital.”

Doctors removed two bullets from Singh’s ribs and arm. Both men were later declared out of danger.

Sources said two of the accused have been identified — including “aspiring extortionist” Vicky, with whom Singh had reportedly clashed at a temple last year. Spent ammunition from three guns was recovered from the spot.