Amravati: Congress-NCP candidate from Morshi, supported by Swabhimani Paksh, Devendra Bhuyar, escaped a bid on his life when six unidentified miscreants allegedly fired three rounds at him and also attempted to set him on fire on polling day on Monday.
Bhuyar is pitted against state agriculture minister Dr Anil Bonde.
According to an FIR registered at Shendurjana Ghat police station by Bhuyar’s driver Aakash Nagpure, 24, a resident of Gawhankund, the incident took place around 5.30am when he was driving the leader and one Gajanan Bangale to Warud via Malkapur to Malkhed Dhanodi in a Xylo car (MH 27 BE 1115).
“When the car crossed a petrol pump, a silver coloured Innova overtook the Xylo and blocked the road. Six men alighted from the Innova and walked towards Bhuyar, who was sitting in the left front seat,” Nagpure told police.
He further said that he heard three shots fired but could not see the gun or the faces of the assailants as it was dark. Nagpure said the assailants were abusing and threatening Bhuyar. Frightened, he abandoned the car and ran to Malkapur from where he boarded an auto to reach Shendurjana Ghat police station to report the matter.
The miscreants pulled Bhuyar out of the car and attempted to set him ablaze after pouring petrol on his person. He, however, managed to escape along with Bangale. Later, he was rushed to district general hospital at Amravati after he complained of uneasiness. Doctors examined Bhuyar and declared him fit.
Rural SP Hari Balaji said when police reached the spot, the car was burning but the sleuths could not find any empty cartridges.
A case under Section 307 and other sections of IPC has been registered against the unidentified persons. Further investigations are on.
The vehicle belonging to Congress-NCP’s Morshi candidate was set on fire on Monday. (Inset) Devendra Bhuyar