A woman sub-engineer was shot at in Sehore, 37 km from Bhopal, on Wednesday.
The assailants who came riding a motorcycle, fired at her and later sped off. The victim, Priyanka Baghel, 26, was rushed to Bhopal, for treatment. Her condition remains critical.
The incident occurred in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police (SP) in Sehore. Baghel is posted as sub-engineer at the Janpad office in Mandi area in Sehore.
She was walking with two other women colleagues towards the Janpad office, when two motorcycle-borne persons stopped near them and one of them shot at her.
The bullet hit her in the back. She was rushed to Bhopal and admitted to a private hospital. The identity of the assailants and the motive behind the attack are not known.
Sources said that Baghel was overseeing the works under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) and she might have been targeted because she was looking into the irregularities in the works.
She was supposed to go for physical verification of construction of road under the scheme, sources further said. Officials said that the probe had been initiated and it wasn’t clear yet, what led the assailants fire on her.
SP RS Sikarwar said that statements of the victim’s companions and eyewitnesses are being recorded. Sikarwar said that investigation is on to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the attack.
Priyanka goes to Sehore daily in the morning and returns in the evening. Today also she had reached Sehore by train, and after reaching there, she was walking to the office along with her colleagues Preeti Rawat and Payal Thakur, when the incident occurred.
The victim’s statement is yet to be recorded, as she is undergoing treatment. Her father Raj Bahadur Baghel is a police inspector posted in Shajapur. (Inputs from Mahendra Thakur, Sehore)