MIM MLA says he was carrying his pistol on the day of attack
MIM legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi was discharged on Friday from Care Hospital in Banjara Hills where he underwent treatment for 19 days after being shot at and attacked with knives by rivals in Old City.
The MLA was wheel-chaired till the hospital entrance around 1.20 p.m. Later, he walked a few yards to get into the car. His elder brother Asaduddin Owaisi, former Minister Shabbir Ali, and close confidants accompanied him.
The Punjagutta police made security arrangements at the hospital anticipating heavy crowds, but not many were present, as the time of discharge was kept secret till the last minute.
The MLA was attacked by his rivals on April 30 at Barkas in his constituency of Chandrayanagutta in Old City. He suffered two bullet wounds and multiple knife injuries and was rushed to Care hospital after initial treatment at Owaisi hospital in Santoshnagar. His condition was critical for the first three days and was put on ventilator support.
Eventually, Mr. Owaisi recovered. Police arrested 14 persons in the case so far and recovered two firearms from the accused, including a licensed one.
Meanwhile, the MLA told the police that he was carrying his licensed .22 pistol on the day of the attack, but could not fire at the assailants as they inflicted multiple knife injuries on his left hand. “I carried the pistol but could not open fire,” he said when police recorded this statement. Police seized the pistol.
The statement of the MLA capped the confusion if he carried a firearm during the shoot-out at Barkas. Even police were not sure on the day of the attack whether he possessed a weapon.
To identify attacker
The MLA said he would identify the person who shot him. “The identification parade of the accused had to be conducted in accordance to the procedure in this regard,” the police said.