Bhubaneswar, 7/11: A youth Anil Jena was killed in gun shots at Bahadurpur area under Khandagiri police station area in the capital city today evening as he opposed the brown sugar trade in his area. His father was also injured in the firing.
Eye witnesses said two motor cyclone borne miscreants came today evening and fired bullets at Anil’s chest following which he collapsed on the spot. Hearing the firing sound, his father Abhimanyu came out and a bullet hit his leg.
Yesterday, a brown sugar traders had threatened Anil of dire consequences within 24 hours as he was opposing the narcotic trade in their area. The two masked miscreants, who have fled the spot after the fire, are said to be associated with several criminal activities. However, the locals are tightlipped about the identity of the criminals out of fear. These criminals had allegedly barged into the house of a person of the locality a few years ago and murdered him.
Though the bike used by the miscreants seems to be new one, its petrol tank and head light have been broken, suggesting that the motor cycle had met an accident before the firing incident. He has been admitted in the hospital for treatment.
The illegal brown sugar trade is going on in the city despite repeated raids by the commissionerate police on the illegal brown sugar outlets and the arrest of king pin of the racket Raja from Khordha recently. The illegal traders are therefore attacking and eliminating those who oppose their smuggling activities. Today’s firing incident is seen as an open challenge to the commissionerate police.