An unidentified man shot at Aam Aadmi Party leader Suresh Sharma in Amritsar on Tuesday evening, News18 reported. Sharma sustained two bullet injuries on his legs while the attacker managed to escape, reported The Indian Express.
Suresh Sharma, a former president of the party’s Amritsar unit, is now part of the rebel AAP group led by Sukhpal Singh Khaira. Khaira had appointed Suresh a member of the Political Affairs Committee. Khaira was suspended from AAP earlier this month for allegedly indulging in “anti-party” activities.
Superintendent of Police JS Walia said Sharma’s condition is stable now, reported ANI. Police are examining CCTV footage and an investigation is under way, he said.
Chheharta Station House Officer Harish Behal said the attacker, who had his face covered, approached Sharma on foot. Sharma was attacked at his furniture shop in Chheharta around 6.30 pm on Tuesday. “It is possible that his [attacker’s] aide may have been waiting for him at some distance. We are investigating,” The Indian Express quoted Behal as saying. Behal said Sharma’s family has not named any suspects.
Earlier on Tuesday, AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister was attacked with chilli powder outside his office at the Secretariat.
Khaira condemned the attack on Sharma. “This speaks of total breakdown of law [and] order in Pb [Punjab] as he was shot in a busy market in broaday [broad day] light,” he tweeted. “We demand stringent action against the culprits.”
The attack comes at a time when Punjab Police are on high alert after the grenade attack at the Narinkari Bhavan in Amritsar on Sunday.