Gujarat BJP Minority leader Ilyas Pathan, son shot dead
Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party Minority leader Ilyas Khan Pathan and his son Asif were shot dead inside their residence when five assailants barged into his house on Saturday night in Rajkot, reports said.
Ahmedabad: Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party Minority leader Ilyas Khan Pathan and his son Asif were shot dead inside their residence when five assailants attacked him on Saturday night in Rajkot, reports said.
Another son of Ilyas Pathan, who was also injured, is said to be in hospital.
Pathan along with his son was said to be attacked by a group of his business rivals -- led by one Abbas Kachara -- in Subhash Nagar area of the city, they said.
Reports say that the murder was due to some long time dispute between Ilyas and the attackers.
The police is checking CCTV footages to hunt the attackers, local media reports said.
Pathan, who was earlier in Gujarat Congress youth cell and later joined BJP's Minority wing, was also a member of Haj committee.
"Pathan's two sons Akbar and Asif rushed to rescue him. However, the two were also injured in the attack," Gandhigram police station inspector R R Solanki said.
"The trio was rushed to Wockhardt hospital where Iliyas and his younger son Asif died during treatment. His elder son Akbar's condition was reported to be stable," he said.
Kachara was also injured in the clash and rushed to Sterling hospital, police said.
Security has been stepped up in the area to avoid any further flare-up, the police officer said.
A complaint has been filed against Kachara, police said.
Kachara too has lodged a complaint against Iliyas' son Akbar Pathan, they said.
Two persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, but police has so far not revealed their identities.
With PTI Inputs