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State Cong. chief behind kill bid: Agrawal

By Our Staff Correspondent

BHOPAL, JULY 30. The Madhya Pradesh Congress general secretary, Mr. Manak Agrawal, who on Sunday had a miraculous escape after being fired at by another office-bearer of the State Congress, today accused the State Congress president, Mr. Radhakishan Malviya, of involvement ``in a conspiracy to eliminate me''.

Talking to The Hindu in the post- operative care unit of Hamidia Hospital today, Mr. Agrawal alleged that the ``conspiracy'' had been hatched at Mr. Malviya's residence. He said ``Inder (the PCC general secretary involved in the firing incident) had said he has been instructed by Mr. Malviya to finish me before he opened fire''.

Accusing Mr. Malviya of harboring and patronising anti-social elements, Mr. Agrawal said such conspiracies would weaken the party. He said that Congressmen have never before been involved in such acts of violence.

Mr. Agrawal said Mr. Malviya had patronised Mr. Inder Prajapat, ignoring his ``criminal background''. Supporters of Mr. Agrawal, who were in the hospital, said Mr. Malviya had gone out of his way to make Mr. Prajapat the general secretary in-charge of the State party headquarters.

Meanwhile, talking to mediapersons, Mr. Malviya denied that Mr. Prajapat had a criminal track-record and said perhaps he might have committed the offense on Sunday in a fit of rage after reading a controversial news item in a local newspaper.

Prajapat remanded

PTI reports:

Mr. Prajapat had been sent to judicial custody for 15 days, the Superintendent of Police, Mr. Arun Pratap Singh, said.

Mr. Prajapat already had three cases pending against him, a senior police official said.

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