Brijpal Teotia shot: Attack on BJP leader could be result of personal enmity, say cops

On Thursday senior BJP leader Brijpal Teotia, 54, and five others were seriously injured when over 100 rounds of fire were opened on their car near Ghaziabad.

FP Staff August 12, 2016 14:06:35 IST
Brijpal Teotia shot: Attack on BJP leader could be result of personal enmity, say cops

On Thursday, senior BJP leader Brijpal Teotia, 54, and five others were seriously injured when over 100 rounds of fire were opened on their car near Ghaziabad.

Teotia suffered at least five bullet injures and doctors said his condition is serious.

On Thursday, at around 7.20 pm, Teotia was returning from a function in Muradnagar with five other associates and some bodyguards in two Scorpios. As they were on the Raoli road near the police station, some unidentified assailants opened over 100 rounds of fire on them with AK-47 rifles. The attackers were travelling in a Toyota Fortuner, which they abandoned as they fled the scene of the crime in an auto rickshaw.

According to a report by NDTV, the car was recovered by the police. The forensic team is on the scene of the crime, collecting more evidence.

On Friday, the police confirmed that they were probing the motives behind the crime and suggested that the actions of the assailants could be stemmed out of animosity. Daljeet Chaudhary, ADG Law and Order said, "We are trying to arrest the culprits. Weapons used in the attack have been recovered."

According to Times Now, a few local goons and a local leader are the prime suspects in the case. The police have detained 25 suspects. According to police, on the day of the shooting, Teotia did not have any government-allotted security. A few reports also suggested that two months ago Teotia had lost the privilege of government-allotted security.

Teotia has reportedly been involved in criminal activity in the past. Although his major income (as suggested in the candidate affidavit of UP Assembly Elections 2012) comes from farming and renting of agricultural land, he has come under review for a case under Section 30 Arms Act. The court has taken cognizance of the case but Teotia hasn't been convicted of any crime. Teotia's declared assets are worth Rs 4,63,72,585 crore.

Currently Teotia is being treated at Fortis hospital in Noida and his injured associates are undergoing treatment in Sarvodaya Hospital in Ghaziabad. According to a report by The Times of India, the police has identified the injured private gunners as Rampal Singh, Ashok Singh, Mokam Singh Malik and Vipin Singh. The fifth injured person has been identified by police as Indrapal Singh.

Teotia is considered to be a close aide of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, whose son Pankaj Singh visited Teotia in the hospital along with Minister of State and senior BJP leader Mahesh Sharma.

Teotia has contested the 2012 Uttar Pradesh elections on a BJP ticket from Muradnagar consituency in Ghaziabad district. He has also been a member of the Kisan Morcha of BJP for several years. The leader is a Class 12 passout and has one son.

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