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prayers on lips:A well-wisher holds a ‘get-well-soon' poster at Care Hospital where Akbaruddin Owaisi is being treated.
HYDERABAD: Police believe that the assailants used two firearms in the Barkas shoot-out. One of the weapons, a .32 revolver belonging to Abdullah Yafai, was recovered from the crime scene on the day of the attack.
The second weapon, police believe, was a country-made firearm which is yet to be seized. Initially, police suspected that Mohammed Bin Yafai alias Mohammed Pahelwan and his brother, Hasan Bin Omar Yafai, used their licensed firearms in the attack.
Investigation revealed that they had already deposited the weapons with licensed armouries. Meanwhile, the police on Monday detained 10 persons in connection with the shoot-out at Barkas, while the condition of MIM MLA Akbaruddin remained stable.
Investigation into the shoot-out case was almost completed with the identification and detention of the persons involved in the attack, said the police. Along with Mohammed Pahelwan, Hasan Yafai and Abdullah Bin Younus Yafai, six more, Mohd. Bin Saleh Wahlan, Ibrahim Bin Younus Yafai, Awad Bin Younus Yafai, Esa Yafai, Yahiya Yafai, Fazal Yafai and Faisal Yafai were identified as the accused.
Ibrahim died after suffering a bullet wound when the gunman of the MIM MLA, Ahmed Bin Balala, returned the fire, while Abdullah and Awadh, were admitted to Yashoda hospital in Malakpet for treatment since they too sustained bullet injuries.
Mohammed Pahelwan and his close relatives bore a grudge against Mr. Owaisi since the latter opposed their alleged encroachments of government land in his constituency, the police said. The accused were biding for time for retaliation and the MLA's visit to Barkas after ‘padayatra' in the constituency on Saturday gave them an opportunity.
Meanwhile, the Care hospital doctors attending on Mr. Owaisi said on Monday evening that he was conscious and maintaining stable signs. He continued to be on respiratory and renal support though its requirement was scaling down.
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