The name of a senior Uttar Pradesh (UP) politician cropped up after the family members of a municipal councillor, who was shot at thrice on Monday night near his house in Morta area of Ghaziabad, alleged that he was a victim of political rivalry.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) municipal councillor Bhram Pal from Morta was shot at by two un-identified assailants near his house on Monday night.
"Some local residents heard around 3 shots being fired. The two assailants had parked their motorbike around 100 metres from the scene of crime.
They called up the victim and shot at him," superintendent of police (rural) AK Mishra said.
Pal was was immediately rushed to Yashoda Hospital in Ghaziabad where he was stated to be in a critical condition.
"He sustained an injury |near his abdomen and one on the head. As he tried to run away during the assault, the bullet did not hit his head directly and saved him," SP added.
Later on Monday night, Pal's son Shashi Kant told mediapersons that goons hired by Vinod Tyagi and a UP minister were behind the assault. Kant submitted his complaint to the police on Tuesday.
The police have registered an FIR under section 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC and provisions of the SC/ST Act.