Lucknow: A murder accuse was shot at shoulder by unknown assailants outside a court in Mathura on Thursday when he was being taken in a van on Thursday.
The murder accused Karmaveer is facing trial in 13 criminal cases lodged againt him along with conspiring murder of Sarman Singh father-in-law of UP cabinet Minister Laxmi Narian Chaudhary’s nephew Nardev Chaudhary who was allegedly shot dead on January 13 this year, Indian Express reported.
He is reported to be stable after undergoing treatment at a hospital according to SHO Pramod Pawar, Chhata Police Station.
According to the SHO, Karamveer and four other prisoners and five armed policeman were in the police van when the assailants attacked the accused.
“The police were taking him back to the jail after his appearance in a court case. When the van was moving out of the court premises, the masked assailant shot at Karamveer and fled from the spot. A bullet hit his right shoulder. The accused came with his aide on a bike,” said Pawar.
“Karamveer’s uncle Radhey Shyam has lodged a complaint with the police and named four family members of Sarman for their involvement in the attack on his nephew,” Pawar added.
Chandra Dhar Gaur, Circle officer Chhata Police station said Sarman and Karamveer had an old dispute. “The motive behind the attack would be clear after the accused is arrested,” he added.
When Nardev was contacted to comment on the incident he said: “Karamveer got my father-in-law killed through contract killers. For the last few weeks he had been pressuring us to settle the case. I suspect he planned the attack on himself to put further pressure on us.”
While Mathura jail superintendent, Shailendra Matrey said that the accused is lodged in jail since December last year.