Senior BJP leader Brijpal Teotia and five others were seriously injured when they were attacked by armed assailants in SUV in Rawli Road area on Thursday night.
An officer said Teotia was travelling with five others, including his bodyguards, all of who sustained bullet injuries.Police suspect the use of automatic weapons during the incident as nearly 30 rounds were allegedly fired.
The BJP leader and five others were seriously injured in the incident, he said, adding that even though the police launched a chase, the culprits managed to flee.
“Teotia was coming from Murad Nagar to Ghaziabad when the men caught up his SUV from both sides. They then opened indiscriminate fire and fled the spot,” said superintendent of police (rural), Rakesh Kumar Pandey.
The BJP said Teotia was rushed to a hospital in Ghaziabad from where he was later shifted to Fortis, Noida. Doctors said Teotia’s condition was critical.
“The police recovered AK- 47, two pistols, one rifle and a large cache of ammunition used in the attack on the BJP leader. The STF has been directed to assist the local police in the operation. Teams had been constituted and raids are being conducted in Ghaziabad and neighbouring districts to nab the desperadoes who are on run,” Daljit Singh Chawdhary said.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav rushed additional director general of police (Law and Order), Daljit Singh Chawdhary, and inspector general, special task force (STF), Ram Kumar, to Ghaziabad to oversee the operation launched by the district police to nab the attackers.