Staff Reporter

Unidentified persons open fire at him near Barbil; admitted to SKCG Medical College Hospital

  • Attack triggers violent protests in Barbil
  • Pradesh Congress demands CBI probe

    BHUBANESWAR: Congress MLA Dhanurjay Sidhu, who was injured in firing by some unidentified men near Barbil in Keonjhar district late on Monday evening, was flown to Cuttack for treatment at S.C.B. Medical College Hospital on Tuesday.

    Condition stable

    Condition of Mr. Sidhu, who represents Champua constituency in Keonjhar district, is stated to be stable.

    "Two bullets from his stomach were removed successfully at Keonjhar hospital while another bullet is currently stuck in his left thigh.

    His condition is stable," Pramod Kumar Mallick, surgery specialist at S.C.B Medical College Hospital, said.

    He said there was no immediate plan to remove the bullet from his body. Stating that all medical test reports including CT scan were normal, Dr. Mallick said, "if need arises either due to medico-legal considerations or for any other purposes, then the bullet would be removed only after a week's time."

    The attack on the legislator took place near Bhadrasahi Chhak, about six km from Barbil town when he was travelling in his vehicle and some motorcycle-borne miscreants fired upon him, police said.

    Mr. Sidhu received three bullets in the lower abdomen and thigh as he tried to escape into a hotel. The MLA was accompanied by a newly-elected sarpanch who suffered minor injuries in the attack. Mr. Sidhu was first admitted to Keonjhar district headquarter hospital where doctors removed two bullets.

    The attack has triggered violent reactions from Congress workers. They blocked all entry points to Barbil town by burning tyres on road.

    Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee demanded CBI inquiry into the incident. The State Congress president Jayadev Jena said the law and order situation had worsened due to domination of mining mafias in that region. However, family members of Mr. Sidhu alleged that political rivalry could be the reason behind the attack.

    In yet another group rivalry, a person was shot dead by five miscreants near Delanga in Puri district on Tuesday morning. According to police, assailants sprayed bullets on one Jalandhar Routray (35) of Beguniapada village when he was coming along with another person Manas Raman Patra on a bike.

    While Mr. Routray died on the spot, Mr. Patra had sustained several bullet injuries. Political rivalry was said to be the main reason behind the attack. As the news spread, a group claimed to be Congress workers torched a garage shop in Delanga market and ransacked several shops.

    Three platoons of police force have been deployed to prevent any untoward incident.