A senior Congress MP from Orissa today claimed that he escaped a bid on his life after a former aide allegedly attempted to open fire at him at his residence here.
Hemanand Biswal, MP from Orissa's reserved Sundargarh Lok Sabha constituency, told police that his former aide Prabhat Kumar Sharma tried to shoot him at his 7, Kamaraj Lane residence at around 4 am.
Police said they were investigating the claims made by the 71-year-old lawmaker, who is also a former Chief Minister of Orissa. "The MP had not been shot at. No bullet has been fired at him. He did not suffer any injuries.
He is safe," a senior police official said. Biswal claimed that Sharma was looking after renovation of the building but was asked to leave some months ago after bunglings were detected in the accounts related to the work.
Sharma was looking after the renovation and the MP claimed that he had submitted a written complaint in this regard to authorities two months ago.
According to the MP, he was going to the washroom when he saw Sharma opening one of his briefcases. "He encountered him and asked him what was he doing and caught him by his neck.
I was taking him to another room when I fell on a sofa. Then he pulled out a pistol and put it on my head. I caught him by his hand," he told reporters.
Biswal claimed that Sharma then tried open fire at him but the weapon malfunctioned. "He pulled out another pistol but by the time, he became scared that he will be caught.
He fled from the house," he said. The MP claimed that Sharma wanted to stay at his residence but was asked by him to leave. "When my family came here, they found him staying at the house and then police had intervened," he said.
The police official said they had received a telephone call from the MP regarding the alleged incident. Biswal claimed that he called the Police Control Room at 4:20 am and informed them about it.