Odishatv Bureau

Berhampur: Panic gripped the town today after some bike-borne miscreants hurled bombs at the house of former Mayor Siba Shankar Das here in the wee hours.

Though the exact reason behind the bomb hurling is not known, past political enmity is suspected to have caused the incident.

Eyewitnesses said five bike-borne miscreants hurled two bombs aiming at the ex-Mayor’s house at around 5 am today and fled the spot. No damage has been reported in the incident.

Meanwhile, officials of the Gosanigaon police station reached the spot and initiated a probe into the matter.

Ex-Mayor Siba Shankar Das, who is currently lodged in Berhampur Circle Jail after his arrest from New Delhi for alleged involvement in several criminal cases during July last year, had contested the last general polls on a BJP ticket from Berhampur seat. He had deserted the BJD and joined the saffron party in 2014.

Das had joined the BJD in 2008 and elected as councillor of the then Berhampur municipality. When Berhampur got municipal corporation tag, he had become the city Mayor.