An Aam Aadmi Party worker died in Delhi late last night after bullets were shot at an open car of the party’s MLA from Mehrauli, Naresh Yadav, while he was returning from a temple following his win in the assembly election. Another worker has been injured. The MLA escaped unhurt.
Three people who allegedly opened the fire have been arrested. They confessed to the firing and said the motive was to kill Ashok Mann and his nephew Harender who was injured, the police said. They said he was not targeting the AAP MLA.
In photographs before the firing, the volunteer, Ashok Mann, was seen standing behind the AAP leader and flashing a victory sign as he smiled at the cameras.
“Shots fired at AAP MLA Naresh Yadav and the volunteers accompanying him while they were on their way back from temple. At least one volunteer has passed away due to bullet wounds. Another is injured,” the party tweeted from its official handle.
“Volunteer Ashok Mann has passed away in the attack at AAP MLA Naresh Yadav. Today we have lost one of our family member. May his soul rest in peace,” it added.
At around 10:30 last night, Naresh Yadav was in south Delhi’s Kishangarh village. He was standing in an open car with his supporters as he left the temple when unknown persons opened fire at the car. Mr Yadav said there were celebratory fireworks in the area when his car was passing and initially thought the sound was that of the fireworks. When he realised that his car was shot at, the MLA was moved to another car.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Mr Yadav demanded that police should thoroughly check the CCTV footage to identify the assailants who shot at his convoy.
“The incident is really unfortunate. I do not know the reason behind the attack but it happened all of a sudden. Around 4 rounds were fired. The vehicle I was in was attacked. I am sure if the police probes properly, they will be able to identify the assailant,” Naresh Yadav was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Mr Yadav added that he could have been killed.