Seven arrested for Akbaruddin Owaisi attack
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 03, 2011, 23:13
Hyderabad: Seven persons have so far been arrested in connection with the attack on Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi here, police said on Tuesday.

"Investigation into the murderous attack on Akbaruddin is almost complete. Seven accused have been arrested till date on charges of conspiring and participating in the attack," Hyderabad Police Commissioner AK Khan told reporters.

"Besides, two other assailants, who were injured during the attack, would be arrested after they get discharged from hospital," he said.

Ruling out any direct political "conspiracy" behind the April 30 incident, Khan said the attack was planned 10-15 days ago. A group of ten assailants attacked the MLA with sharp weapons and firearms near the MIM office at Barkas. Prime suspect Mohammad Pahalwan was arrested the same day.

The Police Commissioner said some more suspects are being interrogated and did not rule out more arrests.

"The attack may be a fallout of land dispute as Akbaruddin opposed encroachments of government lands (allegedly occupied by some among the assailants) in Chandrayangutta and Bandlaguda areas. Apart from this reason there may be some earlier differences that led to the attack," Khan explained.

The MLA was actively assisting government officials who were taking possession of government lands under illegal occupation, including those under the "illegal" occupation of the accused persons, the Commissioner said.

"As a result the accused bore a grudge and hatched a plan to eliminate Akbaruddin," Khan added.

One of the assailants, Ibrahim Bin Younus Yafai, who received firearm injury along with Awad Bin Younus and Abdullah Bin Younus Yafai, died when the gunman of another MIM MLA, Ahmed Balala who was accompanying Akbaruddin, fired in retaliation, Khan explained.

Those arrested till now are: Mohd Bin Omer Yafai alias Mohammed Pahalwan, Hussain Bin Omer Yafai, Yahiya Bin Younus Yafai, Isa Bin Yafai, Faisal Bin Yafai, Fazal Bin Ahmed and Younus Bin Omer Yafai, he said.

"Circumstantial evidence, eyewitness accounts, forensic evidence, evidence for conspiracy, preparation to committ offence have been collected to substantial extent and we will be chargesheeting the accused soon."

Asked if there was a counter case, the city police chief said the ACP Falaknuma Division had received a complaint through speed-post after the incident. "After obtaining legal opinion we will see if any case has to be filed."

Meanwhile, a medical bulletin issued by Care Hospital, where Akbaruddin is undergoing treatment, said his condition has improved.


First Published: Tuesday, May 03, 2011, 23:13

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