Noida, June 1: Two unidentified people on Wednesday opened fire at the car of Rahul Sharma in Greater Noida who had alleged a scam in the Public Works Department (PWD) which also involves a relative of Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal. A CCTV video of two people firing at the car of Rahul Sharma has been recovered from the area. Rahul Sharma escaped unhurt. Speaking to news agency ANI, Sharma said, “Two boys on motorcycle overtook my car near Gaurs International School and tried to shoot at me, locals raised alarm and I escaped unhurt.”
Sharma also said that he was travelling with is cousin in the car when two people overtook it and fired at them near Gaur International School in Greater Noida. “They fired at the front windshield of the car and fled. As they were wearing helmets, I could not see their faces,” said Rahul Sharma who is also the founder of the Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation, an NGO.
Rahul Sharma also claimed that the attack was a fallout of the cases lodged by the ACB on the basis of his complaint alleging a scam in the grant of the contracts for roads and sewer lines in Delhi in 2015 which also involves a relative of Arvind Kejriwal.
Sharma had earlier submitted a complaint with the ACB alleging that he was getting threats since the time he stirred up the issue of irregularities in PWD. A case has been registered at the Bisrakh police station in Greater Noida. Sacked minister Kapil Mishra also tweeted about the attack on Rahul Sharma. In a tweet, Mishra said, “Bullets fired at Rahul Sharma who filed 1st corruption case against Bansal Family, relatives of Mr Kejriwal. God is kind. He is safe. FIR Lodged(sic).”
Three separate FIRs have been registered by the ACB in connection with the PWD scam which also includes one against the company owned by Mr Kejriwal’s late brother-in-law Surender Kumar Bansal. The FIRs were registered against three companies – Renu Constructions, owned by Bansal, and two other firms owned by Kamal Singh and Pawan Kumar.
Rahul Sharma had alleged that Bansal, Kejriwal’s relative, was involved in financial irregularities in the construction of a drainage system in north-west Delhi’s Bakoli village. He had also said that the bills that were sent to PWD for ‘incomplete’ works were false and fabricated. “The company had obtained a contract for works which were never completed, but the payments were cleared. Even the process of bidding was manipulated,” the complaint read.