New Delhi: Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan, the chief of the Bhim Army, faced a firearm attack today in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, according to local police reports. Two bullets were fired at Mr. Azad’s car during the incident. The first bullet pierced through the seat, grazing his waist as it passed through the car door, while the second bullet struck the back door, narrowly missing him.
Senior police officer Vipin Tada stated, “The convoy of Chandra Shekhar Aazad was fired at by a few armed individuals in a car. One bullet brushed past him. He is unharmed and has been taken to the Community Health Center for medical attention. The police are currently investigating the matter,” as reported by news agency ANI.
The attack occurred while Mr. Azad was traveling in a Toyota Fortuner. Images showing Mr. Azad injured and the damaged vehicle was shared by the Bhim Army on social media platforms.
In response to the incident, the Bhim Army released a statement condemning the attack and describing it as a cowardly act aimed at obstructing the Bahujan Mission Movement. The statement called for the swift apprehension of the perpetrators, strict action against them, and enhanced security measures for their National President, Mr. Chandrasekhar Azad.
The motive behind the attack on the Bhim Army Chief remains unclear, and further investigation is underway to ascertain the identities of the assailants and their potential motives.
Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan, known for his activism in advocating for the rights of Dalits and marginalized communities, has been a prominent figure in the Bhim Army movement. The Bhim Army is a social organization dedicated to fighting caste-based discrimination and working towards social justice.
Incidents of violence against activists and leaders in India have sparked concerns about the safety and security of those who champion the rights of marginalized communities. The attack on Mr. Azad highlights the need for increased protection and vigilance to safeguard individuals engaged in social and political movements.