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Leaderís son shoots self

Zakir Shah in hospital on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos

Dhubri, May 27: Zakir Shah, son of the president of the Mancachar district unit of the AIUDF, Salam Shah, shot himself with his fatherís licensed revolver today.

However, he is said to be out of danger after an operation was conducted on him, doctors said. His condition is now stable and he is expected to recover within a week.

Zakir pumped two bullets into his stomach and collapsed on the floor at his Gotabari village residence under Sukchar police station in Dhubri around 11am.

Sources in Sukchar said he had a quarrel with his mother over a trivial matter and suddenly pulled out his fatherís loaded revolver from an almirah and shot himself.

Soon after the incident, local people rushed to Salamís house and initially tried to shift him to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. But in view of his deteriorating condition, he was eventually shifted to Solace Hospital, a private nursing home in Goalpara, an AIUDF source said.

Salam Shah, who was in New Delhi, is now on his way back to Goalpara. When contacted, he said he had heard about the incident and was heading for Dhubri.

ďI cannot say anything more about the incident. I can comment when I reach home and talk to my wife,Ē Shah said.

When contacted, South Salmara-Mancachar subdivisional police officer Munindra Deori said a police team was sent to Gotabari village to inquire into the incident.

ďIt was not a militancy-related incident but an attempt of suicide,Ē Deori said.

Zakir was brought to the hospital in Goalpara at 5.45pm because of poor road conditions. He was accompanied by a few family members. On his arrival he was rushed to the operation theatre.


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