Congress leader shot dead in Odisha’s Koraput district

Odishs Sun Times Bureau
Koraput, Sept 26:

A well-known Congress leader of Koraput district in Odisha was shot dead this evening.

According to reports, five to seven unidentified persons reached  the house of Jiban Patnaik, a senior Congress leader and former block chairman of Pottangi at Sunki under Pottangi police station limits around 8 PM and fired indiscrimately at him.

Patnaik was killed on the spot and the assailants fled soon after committing the crime,  SDPO (Sunabdeda) V R Rao said.

Following information, senior police officials of the district had rushed to Patnaik’s house for an on-the-spot investigation.

The reason behind the murder was not immediately known.

However, the police, who suspect the involvement of Maoists in the incident, have launched a massive manhunt to nab the killers. However, there is no conclusive evidence as of now to suggest the Congress leader was killed by the Maoists, the SDPO conceded.



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