Police have declared a reward of Rs 15,000 each on the five absconding suspects involved in the August 11 attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Brijpal Teotia. The attack that took place at Rawli Road in Murad Nagar town and the seven accused, who were in a Fortuner car, used AK-47 and other automatic and semi-automatic weapons by seven assailants.
Officials said the reward have been declared on Manish, his brother Vicky, cousin Manoj, brother-in-law Sansar Singh and another relative Babbal.
“The reward was declared by inspector general (Meerut zone). We are also in the process of invoking provisions of the National Security Act against the persons involved in the shooting. Since the identities of two other accused, Bittu and Pehalwan, are yet to be fully ascertained, no reward has been declared on them,” said KS Emmanuel, senior superintendent of police, Ghaziabad.
Prime suspects Manish and Manoj, are yet to be nabbed. Manish is stated to have planned the attack as he believed that Teotia was behind the murder of his father, Suresh Diwan, in 1999 at Delhi. Though Teotia was named in the FIR lodged at the Shakarpur police station then, police filed a final report and gave him a clean chit in the case.
So far, police have arrested six persons in connection with the incident. Teams of Ghaziabad police and UP special task force are carrying out searches for the absconding suspects.
Meanwhile, the city unit of the BJP is yet to declare the strategy of their agitation, which they said, will be started if police failed to arrest the remaining suspects.
“We will soon chalk out a strategy for the agitation,” said Ajay Sharma, city president, BJP.
Teotia, who took several bullets in the attack, is recovering at a Noida hospital.
“There is a considerable improvement in his health and he is now in a condition to talk. He is responding well to the treatment,” said Vikas, Brijpal’s brother.