Firing case: ARSS chief forwarded to court

Bhubaneswar: ARSS infrastructure project chairman Subhas Agarwal was forwarded to court today after he was arrested late last night in connection with a firing incident in which a senior railway official escaped unhurt yesterday.

Agarwal was arrested from his house here following an FIR lodged by East Coast Railway (ECoR) assistant general manager Ajay Kumar who survived a firing attack on him yesterday afternoon. Three bike-borne miscreants had opened fire at the vehicle of Kumar near Patia here when he was on his way to home around 3 pm.

Based on the FIR, Chandrasekharpur police arrested Agarwal and interrogated him throughout the day.

Police sources said, the duo had a verbal duel few days back which emanated from a project related dispute. Sources said, the company had won a Railways tender (sublet) to construct a part of Angul-Sukinda busy line project. Since the construction work was running behind schedule, the Railways had fined Rs 31 lakh on the construction company in two phases. This had led to the verbal fight between the two, sources added.

Meanwhile, Agarwal has denied the allegations.

“I have no idea why the police picked me. I am no way involved in this case,” Agarwal said.