Naba Kisore Das, the health minister of Odisha, was critically injured after being shot at by an assistant sub-inspector in Jharsuguda district earlier today.
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Witnesses claim the sub-inspector fired at Naba Kisore Das from a close range just as he stepped out of his vehicle for an event at Brajarajnagar’s Gandhi Chowk.
He was immediately rushed to a hospital and his condition is stated to be critical, officials said, adding arrangements are being made to airlift him to Bhubaneswar for “better treatment”.
A video shows the minister bleeding from the chest as people carry him to the hospital in a car. “As the minister arrived at the event, a huge crowd gathered to welcome him. Suddenly, a gunshot was heard and a cop was seen running away after firing at Mr Das,” a witness told NDTV.
Sub-Inspector Gopal Das who fired at the minister has been taken into custody and investigation is on, the police said. The motive behind the attack is still unclear.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik strongly condemned the attack and wished for the early recovery of Naba Kisore Das . “Crime Branch is directed to take up investigation,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying
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