BJD leader attacked during petrol price hike demonstration

Bhubaneswar: Tension ran high at Lingipur under Dhauli police limits here after supporters of BJD member Rabi Patra staged road blockade protesting attack on their leader.

The incident took place during a demonstration by BJD members in the area as part of the party’s state-wide strike today.

Patra alleged that during the protest, members of a particular group called him to a corner and suddenly opened fire. However, the BJD leader escaped the attack.

Patra informed the police that he was targeted over past enmity.

Following the incident, Patra’s supporters staged a road blockade demanding immediate arrest of the accused leading to disruption of vehicular traffic for several hours.

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Police, after reaching the spot managed to pacify the crowd and remove the road blockade.

A senior police official informed that bullet shells were recovered from the spot and the situation is under control. An investigation is currently underway.

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