Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan was shot at by unidentified assailants in the Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. As the reports suggest, two bullets were fired at him when he was traveling in the Toyota Fortuner car with other four members. He suffered an injury when one of the bullets grazed him. Azad was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
Azad gave a statement to the police while he was in hospital for treatment. Azad said, he did not recognise the assailants clearly, but his people identified them. He further added, their car went towards Saharanpur and took a U-Turn. There were five members present in the car, including Chandrashekhar Azad’s younger brother when the incident occurred.
Saharanpur SSP Vipin Tada said that the Ambedkarite activist’s convoy was shot at by a few car-borne armed men. The officer added, 30 minutes back, the convoy of Chandrashekhar Azad was fired at by a few car-borne armed men. A bullet brushed past him. He has been taken to CHC for medical treatment with minor injuries. Police have initiated their investigation into the matter.
Several supporters of Azad gathered outside the emergency ward of the hospital where he was admitted. They came to see him and prayed for a speedy recovery. Azad has been a voice of the Dalit community and always raised his voice against the atrocities of Dalits in India. This incident shocked many of his supporters.
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav condemned the attack on Azad and compared the law and order situation in the state with the jungleraj.
Bhim Army page shared the pictures of Azad’s injury and his damaged vehicles on social media. Bhim Army issued a statement on Azad’s attack and said the deadly attack on Bhim Army chief and National President Chandrashekhar Azad in Deoband of Saharanpur has shown a cowardly act of stopping the Bahujan Mission Movement. They demanded strict action against the assailants and quick arrest of the accused involved in the case. They asked to increase the security of Chief Azad.
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