Nagpur mayor shot by bike-borne men while returning home from anniversary celebrations
Nagpur mayor Sandip Joshi's SUV was the last in the cavalcade and when it reached a junction of the Outer Ring Road and Wardha Road. Two motorcycle-borne men, who were behind the car, fired three bullets at the mayor's vehicle and fled
Nagpur: Two bike-borne persons attacked Nagpur mayor Sandip Joshi. The mayor had a narrow escape in the incident when bike-borne persons fired at his car on Wardha road in Maharashtra.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 12am on December 17, while Joshi was returning home along with family members and friends after celebrating his wedding anniversary.
More than 30 of his friends attended the celebration, and all were returning in 10 to 15 vehicles. Joshi was driving his official car - a sports utility vehicle (SUV) - the official said.
Joshi's SUV was the last in the cavalcade and when it reached a junction of the Outer Ring Road and Wardha Road, two motorcycle-borne men, who were behind the car, fired three bullets at the mayor's vehicle and fled, he said. One bullet hit the driver's window of the SUV, another pierced through the passenger window behind the driver's seat and the third hit the rear windshield of the car, he said.
"The bullets pierced through two glass windows and the rear windshield of the car, but Joshi was not hurt. He immediately stopped the car on the spot and alerted police," the official said. Security personnel from Beltarodi police station rushed to the spot and conducted a ''panchnama'' (collection of evidence and recording testimonies of witnesses), he said.
Senior police officer Ravindra Kadam also visited the spot later in the night. The police were examining CCTV footage of the area to confirm the registration number of the motorcycle used by the attackers, the official said.
"Both the accused were wearing helmets and the pillion rider fired at the mayor's vehicle," he said. A case was registered under Indian Penal Code Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (common intention) and provisions of the Arms Act.
Earlier this month, Joshi received two letters in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation's complaint boxes, threatening him with dire consequences over removal of encroachments in the city, the official said. His official vehicle was also stolen from his home last month but found within a day, he said, adding that one person was arrested in connection with the car theft.