Haridwar: Local Congress MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh, allegedly shot at a hotel owner after the latter expressed his inability to make available a room for his relative in Roorkee town, police said. The legislator has, however, denied the charge.
Hotel owner Dhruv Singh escaped unhurt in the incident, police said, adding a case has been filed against the MLA under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 506 (intimidation) by the police.
The incident occurred in the wee hours of yesterday, when the MLA, also known as "Champion", asked the manager of the hotel, where he was staying to open another room for his relative, police said.
The hotel manager told Pranav that all the rooms were already booked after, which the MLA lost his temper. Hotel owner Dhruv Singh tried to intervene but the legislator allegedly opened fire at him and left the hotel, they said, adding that the bullet pierced the wall and Singh escaped unhurt.
Investigations are on in the case and further action would be taken on the basis of the findings, Circle Officer of Roorkee Kamlesh Upadhyay said.
Pranav, an MLA from Luxor area in Haridwar district, denied the charges and alleged that he was being falsely implicated by the BJP government in Uttarakhand.
"I will soon meet the DGP and ask him to order an independent inquiry into the incident," the MLA, scion of the family, which ruled the erstwhile princely state of Landhora, said.