The plan for sure worked for a few days, but as police managed to nab the attackers, they revealed the plot, which was nothing but a dot to dot scene from Sayaji Shinde and Mahesh Babu's track in "Athadu". The hired gangsters, police said, were not experts in using a weapon in firing. He was rushed to Apollo hospital where he underwent treatment for his bullet injuries.
The Hyderabad Police arrested five persons in connection with the "attack" on Goud at his residence in Film Nagar area here on July 28.
In the wee hours of Friday (July 28), Vikram's wife Shipali rushed him to the Apollo Hospital and lodged a complaint with the Banjara Hills Police stating that unidentified persons who came in a vehicle fired at her husband. After gang members committed the offence, they fled away from the place on a certain route, as instructed Vikram Goud, to reach Mumbai highway to escape from police vigil.
Police on Thursday arrested Youth Congress leader M. Vikram Goud, who was injured in a firing stage-managed by him here last week.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner, M Mahender Reddy said on Wednesday that Vikram had orchestrated the crime to win sympathy from voters and also to get away from financiers to whom he owed money.
The police grew suspicious about the case when they found Vikram's statement to contain several contradicting claims. Of the eight accused, including Vikram, five have been arrested.
"Four months earlier, Vikram called Reddy and detailed his plan to contest in elections and explained how he wanted to gain popularity through sympathy". He also thought that it would be then easy to get a weapon licence from police.
Vikram Goud, was shot at by some "unidentified" assailants at his posh Banjara Hills.
Apart from Raees Khan, police arrested S. Nanda Kumar, Sheikh Ahmed, K. Babujaan and A. Govind Reddy - all hailing from Kadapa and Anantapur districts of Andhra Pradesh.
Rayees Khan, 32, a resident of Kabutarkhana, west Indore, who shot two rounds of fire at Vikram Goud, was a chicken-seller. Police said that he also wanted to gain sympathy and people's support as he was expecting an Assembly ticket in 2019.