Dhenkanal : Tension ran high in Kamakhyanagar town in Dhenkanal district after the district Biju Yuva Janata Dal (BYJD) youth president was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in the broad daylight today. According to sources Jasobant Parida, BYJD president of Dhenkanal district, was on the way from Dhenkanal on his Indigo car this morning to oversee his new under-construction house at Anantapur in Kamakhyanagar town where he has a medicine shop.
While he was on the way, he was intercepted by four unidentified miscreants in a Bolero near Gandhi Mandir. The miscreants then opened fire and hurled 7-8 bombs at his car. Panicked by the attack, Parida got down of his car and tried to run away from the area to save his life. But the miscreants opened another 6-7 rounds of fire at him of which one of the bullets hit his head.
As soon as Parida fell down on the road, the miscreants fled the spot. Hearing the gunshot, locals rushed to the spot and took Parida to Kamakhyanagar Sub-Divisional Hospital. Though the doctor there declared him as brought dead, the locals shifted him to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack hoping that he was still alive. But they returned back to Kamakhyanagar as the doctors who were accompanying Parida insisted that he was already dead.
The incident took place at around 10 am, sources said. Speaking to media persons, Dr Digambara Sahu, senior doctor of Kamakhyanagar Sub-Divisional Hospital, confirmed that Parida died after a bullet hit his dead. But he said the post mortem will reveal whether there is more than one bullet in his head.
Tension prevailed in the area soon after the incident and irate locals staged road blockade at Anantpur on NH-53 demanding immediate arrest of the assailants. Reportedly, vehicular movement has come to a grinding halt due to the road blockade.
Eyewitnesses said that after committing the crime, the miscreants fled the area on Rengali Canal road via Anantpur. Talking to media over phone, Dhenkanal SP Santosh Nayak said preliminary investigation has revealed that it was a pre-planned murder.
“The assailants had launched an all-out attack to ensure that Parida must be killed this time,” he said. Notably, a similar attack on Parida had taken place in 2014 by some miscreants in which he had sustained bullet injuries in his stomach. He was rushed to SCB Medical College where he subsequently recovered.