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Uttarakhand: 2 injured after Cong MLA opens fired at minister's residence

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Dehradun, September 18, 2013
First Published: 03:27 IST(18/9/2013) | Last Updated: 03:31 IST(18/9/2013)

Two persons including a Congress leader were injured when Kunwar Pranav Champion, a Congress legislator in Uttarakhand assembly, allegedly fired in the air at cabinet minister Harak Singh Rawat's residence in Dehradun late on Tuesday evening.

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According to sources, cabinet minister Rawat hosted a dinner party for the party leaders and legislators at his residence, ahead of the monsoon session of assembly that begins on Wednesday. Champion, a party legislator from Haridwar district was also invited.

Ravinder Saini, an eyewitness, told a regional TV channel that Champion while entering the residence fired his gun in air, injuring Congress leader Vivekanand Khanduri.

Saini said Khanduri was rushed to a private hospital as he received major injury in his leg while he himself sustained minor injuries.

Police said it was not aware about the incident.

"We are unaware (about firing) but will definitely investigate the (media) queries," said Jagdish Chandra, SP (city).

Party sources said that Champion was not happy with the state cabinet's decision about auctioning of river mining business in the state. Champion, who is also a chairperson of the Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation (UFDC) was for long demanding UFDC right over mining business.

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