Chandrayangutta Legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi is in critical condition after unidentified gunmen opened fire on him in Chandrayangutta on Saturday. Police said two other persons were also injured in the shooting, and added that the attack was said to have been master-minded by his rivals.
Tension escalated in the entire old city areas as followers of the Majlis legislator gathered in huge numbers at the Owaisi hospital in Santoshnagar, where a profusely bleeding Mr Owaisi was rushed after the attack. Police sources said Mr Owaisi was on his way to attend a programme in a jeep when a group of people opened fire and launched a sword attack on those in the jeep.
Unconfirmed reports said another Majlis legislator Balala too was injured in the incident. The two other injured persons have been shifted to a private corporate hospital in Malakpet.
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has cancelled all his appointments and is rushing to Owaisi Hospital.
Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi is the younger son of late Sultan Salauddin Owaisi, the chief architect of All India Majlis-e-Ittadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) which won seven assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh in last elections. Akbaruddin Owaisi’s elder brother Asaduddin Owaisi is the president of the AIMIM and he represents Hyderabad constituency in the Lok Sabha now.