Two businessmen shot at

Kendrapara: Two businessmen, both siblings, were critically wounded today as unidentified miscreants shot at them near Badapalagada on Paradip-Daitary Expressway in Odisha`s Kendrapara district.

Motorcycle-borne criminals fled from the spot after committing the crime.?The injured persons, identified as Subhash Choudhury and Ganesh Choudhury, have business establishments in nearby marketplace, about 20 km from here, police said.

Police quoting eyewitness accounts said four persons on motor bike were involved in the shootout. The criminals had exchange of words with the sibling-duo for couple of minutes before they opened fire at them from a short distance.

The incident is being investigated. The possible involvement of members of Kendrapara-based crime syndicates in the incident may not be ruled out. Extortion might be one of reason for the shootout, said Nrusingha Charan Swain, Sub Divisional Police Officer, Kendrapara.