Earlier, BJP leader Brijpal Teotia was shot by unknown gunmen in Ghaziabad after he addressed a party dharna at the Ghaziabad collectorate against the Bulandshahr gangrape incident.

Meerut zone IG Surjeep Pandey said that unidentified assailants came in a car and opened fire at Teotia and others at Raoli Road under Muradnagar police station. The BJP leader and five others were seriously injured in the incident, he said, adding that even though the police launched a chase, the culprits managed to flee. The injured were initially admitted at a hospital in Ghaziabad from where, Teotia was referred to Fortis Hospital in Noida, the IG said.

Teotia, who had contested the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election from Muradnagar constituency, was on his way to Ghaziabad when the incident occurred, he added.