The Hindu report:
Akbaruddin Owaisi safe after attack
30 April 2011, Special Correspondent
MIM supporters throng the Owaisi Hospital at Kanchanbagh after party MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi was shot at in the Old City of Hyderabad on Saturday . Photo: P.V. Sivakumar
Tension escalated in the old city areas as followers of the Majlis legislator gathered at the Owaisi hospital where a profusely bleeding Mr Owaisi was rushed after the attack.
The condition of Akbaruddin Owaisi, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen legislator from Chandrayangutta, who was injured after being shot at, was declared to be out of danger at the Owaisi Hospital on Saturday afternoon. Doctors operated upon him and removed two bullets from his body.
Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi was shot at by assailants suspected to be belonging to a group led by Mohammed Pehlwan at Barkas in the morning. Ibrahim Ali, 25, suspected to be one of the assailants, was shot dead by the gunman of another MLA who was travelling in Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi’s jeep.
Tension has eased in the old city areas after police made repeated announcements about the safe condition of Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi.
Chief Minsiter N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy along with DGP K. Aravinda Rao rushed to the Owaisi Hospital.
It now emerged that a group of nine assailants attacked Akabaruddin Owaisi’s vehicle in which another MIM legislator Balala and some others were travelling at Barkas. They hit the jeep with a scooter and as it screeched to a halt, the assailants wielding swords attacked the passengers who included Akbaruddin Owaisi, another legislator Balala and other some others, police said quoting preliminary reports.
The gunman of Mr. Balala was reported to have opened fire in which three assailants sustained bullet injuries. They were rushed to Yashoda hospital in Malakpet where one of them, identified as Abdullah died. Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi had refused to take protection from the police department, sources said.
Following the attack, a large number of people gathered at the Owaisi Hospital. Traffic flow was disrupted on the Santoshnagar main road after agitated MIM workers targeted some RTC buses. However, situation returned to normalcy as news about safe condition of Akbaruddin Owaisi was released by hospital authorities.
Asaduddin Owaisi, MP, and elder brother of Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi air-dashed to Hyderabad from Delhi. Mr. Asaduddin Owaisi is also the president of the AIMIM, which has won seven MLAs in Andhra Pradesh.