Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das who was shot at Brajarajnagar on Sunday succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital in Bhubaneswar. The incident took place in Brajrajnagar town around 1 pm when the minister was on his way to attend a programme in the district.
“Assistant Sub-inspector of Police (ASI) Gopal Das opened fire at the minister, who sustained bullet injuries,” Brajrajnagar SDPO Gupteswar Bhoi told reporters. The accused ASI was nabbed by locals, who then handed him over to the police, he said.
Condemning the incident, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the crime branch has been directed to take up the investigation of the case.
Speaking about the incident an eyewitness said, “At a public grievance office opening, Naba Das was the chief guest. When he arrived, crowd gathered to welcome him. Suddenly, a gunshot was heard. We saw police personnel running away after shooting from close range.”