`Ghaziabad candidate shot in accidental fire`

A woman contesting as an Independent candidate from an Assembly seat in Ghaziabad, who was found hit by a bullet near her election office.

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2012, 21:15 PM IST

Ghaziabad: A woman contesting as an Independent candidate from an Assembly seat in Ghaziabad, who was found hit by a bullet near her election office on Sunday,
had shot herself accidentally and there was no involvement of
outside assailants, police claimed on Tuesday.

Initially it appeared that the UP poll candidate, Madhu
Suneja, was shot at from point blank range near her election
office in Jassi Pura, but during investigation it was found
that it was an accidental fire, SSP Raghubir Lal said.

Suneja reportedly told police that she had shot herself
accidentally with a .32 calibre pistol belonging to her
election manager Jitender Singh while they were coming out of
a car.

She took out Singh`s loaded pistol from the car`s
dashboard and it went off accidentally, hitting her near the
left shoulder, police said.

Suneja was found shot late on Sunday night outside her
election office near PAC colony and was immediately rushed to
Yashoda Hospital for treatment. Her brother later lodged an
attempt to murder case (Section 307 of IPC) against
unidentified assailants.

PTI