Odisha minister Naba Das airlifted to Bhubaneswar from Jharsuguda DHH

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Health Minister Naba Das, who sustained critical injuries after an ASI of police opened fire at him in Brajrajnagar today, has been airlifted from the Jharsuguda District Headquarters Hospital to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar.

The minister was airlifted in a helicopter, reports said.

The firing incident took place at Gandhi Chhak of Brajrajnagar in Jharsuguda district when the minister alighted from a car to attend a programme and his supporters were garlanding him. He sustained bullet injuries on chest. The minister was rescued and rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital.

It was later decided to shift him to the hospital in Bhubaneswar as his condition deteriorated.

The accused cop, identified as Gopal Das, was immediately nabbed and then detained by police for questioning. He was serving as an ASI at the Gandhi Chhak police outpost.

The reason behind the extreme act by the ASI was yet to be known. The ASI used his service revolver to fire at the minister, said Gupteswar Bhoi, SDPO, Brajarajnagar.

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