Bhubaneswar: In a major shocking incident, senior political leader from western Odisha and Health Minister Naba Kishore Das has succumbed to bullet firing in Jharsuguda district.
The incident occurred near Gandhi Chhak of Brajarajnagar in Jharsuguda district on Sunday when Minister Shri Das was going to attend an inaugural function.
An Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI), who was in his uniform, suddenly came near to the vehicle of Minister and opened fire at the Minister. Eyewitnesses said that the ASI, Gopal Das, has opened four or five rounds of bullet near to the chest of the Health Minister. The Minister became senseless at the spot.
On such critical condition, the Minister was first admitted to a local hospital. Then, he was airlifted to Bhubaneswar for further treatment. He has passed away during the treatment at Apollo Hospital.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Secretary to CM V K Pandian, Secretary Health & FW Shalini Pandit and senior officials reached apollo Hospital.
CM Shri Patnaik directed Hospital authorities to take utmost care of Shri Das. On reaching through Green Corridor from airport, he was rushed to Operation Theater, where he was treated, said sources.
Brajarajnagar Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Gupteswar Bhoi said Police ASI Gopal Das has suddenly opened fire from his office revolver on the Minister. The accused has been arrested. Strong action will be taken against the ASI following an investigation.
Further details on the case will be known after the investigation, the SDPO said.
The reason behind the sudden attack on the senior leader is yet to be ascertained. A forensic team of Jahrsuguda has reached at the spot and started investigation into the firing case.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik strongly condemned the attack on Health Minister and prayed for early recovery.
The Chief Minister said ‘I am shocked at the unfortunate incident of attack on Minister Naba Das. I strongly condemn the attack on him. I pray for his early recovery. “
‘Crime Branch has been directed to take up the investigation of the case . Senior officers of crime branch have been asked to rush to the spot, he said.
Crime Branch ADG Arun Bothra is proceeding to Brajarajnagar along with his team to inquire into the firing on Minister Naba Das, sources said.