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Minister Maheswar Mohanty shot at, but stable

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri/ Bhubaneswar/ Cuttack,  Feb 21:

Odisha minister for Law, Culture and Tourism and Puri MLA Maheswar Mohanty was shot at around 9 pm tonight by an unknown assailant in Puri.

Maheswar Mohanty after the attack ( pic : Sarat Mama )
Maheswar Mohanty after the attack ( pic : Sarat Mama )

He has sustained two bullet injuries in his hand and shoulder, sources said. Although one of the bullets is believed to be still lodged in the lower back on the left side, the minister is reportedly out of danger.

He was driving a scooter when he faced the attack near Amala Club, here. By all accounts, it was a bid on his life.

Mohanty was first rushed to the Puri district hospital but was later shifted to the Kalinga Hospital in Bhubaneswar, sources added.

The Puri CDMO said there are three injury points on his body, but his pulse and other vital parameters were stable.

The driver of the ambulance Prasahant Kumar Mohanty said the minister was accompanied by Dr. Haribandhu Mishra of the Puri district hospital and Sabyasachi Mohapatra, a councillor in the Puri municipality.

It was around midnight by the time the 108 ambulance carrying the injured minister reached the hospital, where an experienced team of doctors was already in attendance. He was rushed straight to bed no 136 in the intensive care unit (ICU), our reporter Santosh Jagdev said from the hospital.

He said the minister was in his senses though he did not talk much while being wheeled into the ICU.

Coming out of the ICU, BJD deputy chief whip Sanjay Dasburma said the minister was stable. A scan had revealed that the bullet was stuck on  the seventh rib and the process to remove was on, he said.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, while expressing deep concern over the incident, has directed the district police to nab the culprits as early as possible.

The Puri police have recovered two empty cartridges from spot and sealed the area. They are also checking all escape routes to make sure the assailants do not leave the town.

DGP Prakash Mishra told reporters in Cuttack that the local police have already begun investigation and that the culprit would be caught soon.
Sources in the state police headquarters said police has set a target of 24 hours to nab the assailant.
(Pic ; Sarat Mama)
Mohanty in Puri Hospital (Pic ; Sarat Mama)
Maheswar Mohanty had faced a serious attack during the last panchayat elections in 2012.
Leaders cutting across party lines have condemned the attack on the minister.

The incident has triggered panic across  Puri.

It is widely suspected that the attack could have been the fall out of either political rivalry or disputes over real-estate business in the temple town.

Both BJD and police sources have refused to speculate on the motive or the people behind the attack .

 

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  1. If a minister who is the local MLA is not safe in Puri then how can we expect the safety of common man in this city ? The police is responsible to the maximum extent because a few days back one ASI Prakash Mohanty of Kumbharapara Police Station was suspended for having links with one wanted accused in a murder case. It was suspected that the ASI used to inform the accused person over his mobile phone before the search operation by the police. Hence the Puri Police was unable to arrest him. Even some people say that some driver deputed for PCR duty in Puri Police informs the accused persons well in advance before the raid is carried out by the police to arrest them and in the process earns a handsome amount from the accused persons ! The Puri police should track the mobile details of all drivers of PCR vans in Puri.This is the bitter truth and the SP should take the initiative.

  2. THE LONG STAY OF POLICE OFFICERS IN PURI HAS CREATED SUCH A SITUATION.A NUMBER OF SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS HAVE NOT BEEN TRANSFERRED FROM PURI TO OTHER DISTRICTS IN VIOLATION OF THE TRANSFER POLICY OF GOVERNMENT SERVANTS. THEY HAVE STAYED HERE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THEIR CAREER. ONLY RECENTLY THEY WERE TRANSFERRED OWING TO THE ORDER OF ELECTION COMMISSIONER. THEY HAVE OPENED A FACTORY OF CORRUPTION IN PURI AND THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THEY WILL RETURN TO THEIR OLD AND FAVORABLE BASE “PURI” WITHIN A FEW MONTHS BY LICKING SOME POLITICIAN’S BOOT.

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