After an altercation on Thursday, the son of a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA in Madhya Pradesh shot at an Adivasi man in Singrauli district, PTI reported, citing the police.
Vivekanand Vaishya, is the son of BJP legislator Ram Lallu Vaishya who represents the Singrauli Assembly constituency.
“The accused, who is the MLA’s son, is currently on the run along with another man. We have announced a reward of Rs 10,000 each for their capture,” Additional Superintendent of Police (Singrauli) Shiv Kumar told The Indian Express.
“Deepak Panika, who was with Vivekanand Vaishya, was arguing with my brothers over the cars not being able to pass. The fight escalated and my brothers were assaulted. I tried to intervene, then I heard a gunshot and saw that the MLA’s son, Vivekanand, was seated inside the other car, holding a gun,” Surya Kumar Khairwar, sustained a bullet injury on his right wrist, told The Indian Express.
He was admitted to the district hospital, Morba police station inspector Ashok Singh Parihar told PTI.
The police have booked Vivekanand Vaishya under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code, provisions under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and Section 25 (possessing or carrying any prohibited arms) and 27 (use of arms, ammunition) of the Arms Act.
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Kamal Nath said on Friday that BJP leaders were competing to persecute the Adivasi community.