MIM leader in Telangana opens fire, two injured

Three persons were injured when a leader of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) opened fire from his licensed revolver and also attacked them with a knife on Friday.

The incident occurred in Adilabad town, about 300 km from here.

MIM Adilabad district president Mohammed Farooq Ahmed attacked rivals after a tussle between two groups playing cricket in Tatiguda area.

A video of the attack went viral on social media. Farooq, who is also former vice chairman of Adilabad municipality, is seen opening fire from his weapon while holding a knife in another hand.

Syed Zameer and Syed Mohtesin received bullet injuries. Zameer’s brother sustained stab injuries in the attack. They were admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). One of the injured was later shifted to Hyderabad.

Police said the accused was arrested and booked for an attempt to murder. A case under sections 307, 324, and 506 r/w 34 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 27 and 30 of Arms Act 1959 was booked against him. Police also recommended to the Collector and District Magistrate to cancel the accused’s gun license.

The previous grudge seems to be the source of conflict between the two parties. Police pickets were posted in the area.

The families of Farooq and Zameer are said political rivals. Farooq’s wife is the councilor from Tatiguda. In the elections held last year, she had defeated a woman relative of Zameer, who had contested on Congress party’s ticket.

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