Trader done to death

A young trader was shot dead by armed assailants at a busy market place in Bhanjanagar of Ganjam district on Wednesday night.

According to police sources, the deceased Sanjib Sahu (28) had earlier been arrested n relation to a murder case. He was also said to be an associate of a professional criminal and hired killer, Bikram Mallik, who is now lodged in the Bhubaneswar jail. Sanjib had got released from jail on bail only five days ago. So, it was suspected that intra-gang rivalry could have led to his murder.

The assailants killed their victim at a crowded market place in front of a fast food shop near Narayan temple square of Bhanjanagar at around 9 pm. The victim's family owned a textile shop in the area. Sahu and some of his friends were standing near the fast food shop to have some snacks. Eyewitnesses said a group of four assailants who seemed to know their victim reached him. They called Sahu to have some talk with them. Suddenly one of them took out a revolver and fired at the head of Sahu at close range. The assailants escaped from the spot on their bikes after the firing.

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