Dhenkanal: A senior officer of a contract organisation working under Rungta Mines at Jhadabandha here was critically injured in an attack by a group of local youths, police said Sunday. The injured official identified as Ajay Majumdar, the project manager of the organisation, has been admitted to hospital.
The incident took place on Friday when a group of youths barged into the office of the company and dragged Ajay out and thrashed him severely before fleeing away.
The company has alleged that the miscreants have committed the crime with an intention to extort money.
"Their motive was probably to extort money by terrorising officers. Since the contractor is new to the company, the miscreants wanted to unleash terror by attacking him. We suspect the involvement of local people" said Ajay Dash, Manager of Rungta Mines.
The company has filed a complaint with police following which a case has been registered and two persons allegedly involved in the gruesome attack were nabbed.
"We have arrested two persons in the attack after registering a case. They have been produced before a local court. Further investigation is underway", BN Patra, Balimi Police station Inspector-In-Charge said.