Contractor shot dead in Kendrapara

Kendrapara: Panic gripped the coastal district following the murder of a contractor who was shot dead by three unidentified miscreants near Shyamsundar Goda on National Highway-5 on Sunday morning.

The deceased has been identified as Bapi alias Kedarnath Swain of Tikhiri Sanajaria village under Marshaghai police station limits.

Reports said Bapi was on the way from Kendrapara in a bike when three youths came in a bike fired at him from behind.

Bapi, who sustained bullet injury on his head, died on the spot.

The miscreants, after committing the crime, fled the area.

The incident took place at about 12.10 PM.

Following information, police rushed to the spot and took the body for post mortem.

Talking to the media, Kendrapara SDPO, Purna Chandra Pradhan said the deceased was involved in a firing case in 2013 for which he arrested and sent to jail. Besides, he was also a prime accused in a murder case.

“We have started investigation and are hopeful to nab the assailants in a couple of days,” he added.

The deceased was staying with his family in a rented house at Saanta Sahi in Kendrapara town.