The Hyderabad MP’s car had come under attack in Hapur while he was returning to Delhi after attending election-related events in western Uttar Pradesh last week.
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief still faces security threat Asaduddin Owaisi and urged him to accept Centre’s Z+ security.
The Hyderabad MP’s car had come under attack in Hapur while he was returning to Delhi after attending election-related events in western Uttar Pradesh last week. While gunshots were fired at the vehicle, nobody was injured.
“Two unidentified people had fired on the carcade. He came out safe but there were three bullet marks on the lower portion of his vehicle. The incident was witnessed by three witnesses. An FIR has been registered,” Shah said while making a statement in Rajya Sabha over the recent firing on the convoy of the AIMIM chief.
Shah said that Owaisi had no prescheduled event in Hapur district and that no information about his movement was sent to District Control Room beforehand. “After the incident, he reached Delhi safely,” he said.
“Taking quick action two accused were arrested, two unauthorised pistols and an Alto car were recovered from them. The forensic team is doing a minute investigation of the car and the incident site, evidence is being collected,” he added.
The Home Minister also requested the AIMIM president to accept Z+ security offered by the Central government.
“The Union Home Ministry took report from state government immediately. On basis of earlier inputs from central security agencies, Centre had ordered to provide him security. But due to his unwillingness to avail security, Delhi and Telangana Police’s efforts to provide him security didn’t succeed,” Shah said.
“The threat to Owaisi has been reassessed and a bulletproof vehicle and Z category security has been given to him. But, as per verbal information by himself, he has refused to accept it. I request him to accept the security given to him by the Central government,” he added.
Days after the incident, two individuals were arrested and remanded in judicial custody. According to the Hapur Police, an FIR has been lodged on the attempt to murder charge in the case.