ASI Gopal Das fired at Odisha Minister Naba Das with intention to kill: Police

Jharsuguda: Gandhi Chhak police outpost ASI Gopal Das had fired at Odisha Health Minister Naba Das with a clear intention to kill, revealed a complaint lodged by Brajarajnagar police station IIC Pradyumna Kumar Swain.

On the basis of the complaint, a case has been registered under Section 307 of the IPC and 27 (1) of the Arms Act.

The accused ASI was deployed for traffic clearance duty of the minister’s programme. He approached the minister and opened fire from his service pistol from a very close range aiming at Naba Das with a clear intention of killing, the IIC mentioned in the complaint.

The accused also fired two rounds of bullets from the pistol while the IIC and a constable tried to nab and overpower him. Subsequently, the IIC and a person sustained injuries in the firing. The IIC and the constable eventually managed to disarm him, the complainant added.

Notably, the minister was allegedly shot in chest by the ASI at Gandhi Chhak in Brajrajnagar area of Jharsuguda district, yesterday. The firing took place when the minister alighted from a car to attend an inauguration programme and his supporters were garlanding him.

He was rescued in a critical condition and rushed to the Jharsuguda District Headquarters Hospital for treatment. As his condition deteriorated, the minister was then airlifted to Bhubaneswar, where he was admitted to Apollo Hospital.

However, he succumbed to bullet injuries while undergoing treatment at the private hospital.

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