Naba Kisore Das, the health minister of Odisha, was seriously injured after being shot by an assistant sub-inspector in Jharsuguda district earlier today.
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Witnesses claim that the sub-inspector fired at Naba Kisore Das at close range just as he got out of his vehicle to attend an event at Brajarajnagar’s Gandhi Chowk.
A video shows the pastor bleeding from the chest as people carry him in a car to a local hospital. “When the minister arrived at the event, a huge crowd gathered to welcome him. Suddenly, two gunshots were heard and an officer was seen running away after shooting at Mr. Das,” a witness told NewsMadura.
Das was later airlifted to a hospital in Bhubaneswar and his condition is said to be critical, officials said.
Sub-inspector Gopal Das, who shot at the minister, has been taken into custody and an investigation is under way, the police said. The motive behind the attack is still unclear.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik strongly condemned the attack and wished Naba Kisore Das a speedy recovery. “Crime Branch is ordered to conduct an investigation,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying
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