Bhubaneswar: Panic gripped Tamando area on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar after a youth was shot dead on Wednesday evening.
The deceased, Abhijit Behera alias Sipu of Behera sahi in Tamando, was taken to a nearby private hospital in a critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries.
According to sources, as many as five persons opened fire at Abhijit from a very short range. The assailants who are on the run have been identified as Bishnu Charan Patnaik of Aska and his brother. Police suspect the murder to be a fall out of past enmity.
Notably, the two accused had an argument with the victim while celebrating the festival of Holi and the scuffle was later compromised in presence of senior local residents.
Meanwhile, police have seized the deceased youth’s motorcycle and empty cartridges from the spot.