Shiv Sena Punjab (Ghanauli group) youth wing leader Amit Arora has been arrested for misleading the police by claiming that he was shot in the neck here on February 3 this year.
Arora had claimed that he was shot at by two motorcycle-borne youths at the Basti Jodhewal Chowk in Ludhiana when he was sitting in the car. Forensic and medical reports, however, blew the lid off Arora’s lie. Police said Arora has confessed to his crime.
This is the second such incident involving a Sena leader. Earlier this year, Jalandhar-based Shiv Sena (Hindustan) leader Deepak Kamboj was arrested for orchestrating an attack on himself. Kamboj allegedly made his two aides shoot him in the leg on February 16 this year.
Arora has been booked under Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 417 (punishment for cheating), 177 (furnishing false information), 193 (punishment for false information), 120-B (conspiracy), 34 (criminal act done by several persons) and Section 25 of the Arms Act.
The gunman provided by the government to Arora, head constable Om Parkash, and cook Mani have also been arrested for helping him in the crime.
Police said Arora had promised Om Parkash to get him promotion and promised `1 lakh to Mani.
The commissioner of police Jatinder Singh Aulakh said Arora orchestrated the attack to get an escort vehicle and more gunmen, besides grabbing the sympathy of Hindus.
Aulakh said Arora was provided four security guards after the attack and the accused had requested for an escort vehicle from director general of police (DGP).
Arora had claimed that he was fired at, but the medical reports termed the injuries as ordinary.
Police are also investigating to know the source of the 9mm bullet shell recovered from Arora’s car.
Deputy commissioner of police Dhruman Nimbale said forensic experts negated the theory that Arora was fired at from a close range as there was no skin burns.
Police said Arora picked an iron rod from a construction site nearby and inflicted injuries to give the impression that a bullet rubbed past his neck. Arora had even claimed that bullet came into his hand when he touched the injury, police said.
After the so-called attack, the police had announced a reward of `5 lakh for anybody giving information about Arora’s attackers.
State BJP president Kamal Sharma visited Arora in the hospital. Shiv Sena’s Punjab chairman Rajiv Tandon and other Hindu bodies held protests and activists forced traders to shut their shops in Chaura Bazaar of Ludhiana on February 4 as a mark of protest against the ‘attack’.