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I Would Not Have Been Alive To Write This : Somnath Bharti

Claims fire in the building where he lives could be an attempt on his life by his political opponents.

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 26: AAP leader Somnath Bharti addressing the press conference on various issues, at North Avenue on December 26, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Delhi High Court has set aside NHRC order against AAP leader Somnath Bharti holding him guilty of racial prejudice against 12 African women during his controversial midnight raid. (Photo by Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

AAP MLA Somnath Bharti on Tuesday wrote to the Delhi Police Commissioner claiming that the recent incident of fire in the building where he lives could be an attempt on his life by his "political opponents".

The Malviya Nagar MLA urged Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma to lodge an FIR for "attempt on his life" and probe the incident that took place on Sunday, which he said was essential considering the "vicious" political environment.

He said the breaking out of the fire in the first floor of the building makes him "suspicious of a conspiracy" as it apparently remains more or less unused.

"Gas cylinder kept outside my residence gate was a few inches away from the flames, had the flames reached the gas cylinder, I would not have been alive to write this letter.

Delhi Fire Service took almost two-and-a-half hours to extinguish the fire and even one minute of further delay by them would have left no one alive," he wrote.

The former law minister expressed his disappointment over not being approached by the police over the incident "even after 36 hours" of its occurrence.

"Given the vicious and the poisonous political environment of the present time, my suspicion of the conspiracy has to be probed. I have strong reason to believe that this fire could be an attempt on my life by my political opponents," he added.

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