BJP Leader Shot Dead Outside Party Candidate's House In Odisha
Unidentified gunmen on Sunday shot dead a local BJP leader in Odisha's Khurda town, triggering protest from the BJP. Manguli Jena was BJP's mandal president of Khurda zone-9, the police said on Monday.
The incident took place on Sunday midnight when BJP leader was standing near the house of party's candidate for Khurda assembly seat, Kalu Charan Khandayat and holding discussion with workers of the BJP.
Police said the gunmen fired four rounds, two of which hit Manguli Jena.
He was rushed to Khurda district headquarters hospital where the doctors declared him "brought dead". The police immediately sealed the town and started investigation into the incident.
Raids were being conducted at various places in Khurda to apprehend the assailants.
The motive behind the murder was not yet ascertained, police said.
Meanwhile, the district unit of the BJP has called for a Khurda bandh from 8 am to 2 pm on Monday in protest against the killing.
Strongly condemning the killing, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan appealed to the workers and leaders of the BJP to keep faith in democracy and maintain peace at this time.