Vikash Sharma

Keonjhar Sadar MLA Mohan Majhi escaped unhurt after unidentified miscreants allegedly hurled crude bombs at his car on Sunday.

As per reports, two motorcycle-borne miscreants hurled two bombs on the vehicle of Majhi, who was returning after attending a public meeting. The bombing took place near Mandua.

The front panel of the MLA’s car has been partly damaged in the bombing incident. A complaint in connection has been lodged at Keonjhar Town Police station.

“I was returning after attending a meeting when two miscreants overtook my car and hurled two bombs on the vehicle,” said Majhi.

Majhi further said that though the driver of his car chased the miscreants to some distance, they managed to escape from the spot.

Majhi said, "I had reached the meeting venue at 11 am and the miscreants hurled bombs at the car at around 11:50 am. After hurling one bomb, the miscreants escaped, but they again returned and lobbed another bomb."

“My personal security officer tried to chase the miscreants but they fled towards railway station. Though we chased them, we could not nab them as the road was narrow,” Majhi added.

The MLA’s Personal Security Officer (PSO) Bidyadhar Mahanta said, “We were about to take the main road when we saw two youths standing near a bike. Later, one of them hurled a bomb. Though I tried to chase them, they escaped from the spot.”

It is pertinent to mention here that there was also an attack bid on Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President Niranjan Patnaik on January 17, 2021.

The incident occurred near Kashipur under the Town Police limits As per preliminary reports, four to five miscreants had intercepted Patnaik's vehicle during his visit to Keonjhar district.