The state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manguli Jena died due to gun shots fired on him by unidentified bike borne assailants in the late night around 11 PM at Nabinabag in Khorda on April 14.
Manguli Jena was the BJP’s Mandal President of Khorda Zone-9.
While, the killer is still at large, the BJP has alleged of political rivalry involved in it.
As per information, the deceased leader had went to meet the BJP Khorda candidate Kalu Khandayatray at Nabinabag along with party workers.
Khandayatray elaborated, “Yesterday night, Manguli Jena had came to my house in Nabinabag. While we were in discussion amongst us, suddenly a bike borne assailant came towards us and fired two rounds. Manguli Jena was injured in this firing. Later he fired one more round towards me but the bullets didn’t hit me.”
Khandayatray said he was the prime target and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) being involved in it.
Meanwhile, BJP Leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has drawn conclusion of the ruling state party sighting fear of defeat in the upcoming polls has evoked such an incident.
In the wake of this incident, BJP has called for 6-hour bandh in Khorda on Monday.
Pradhan said, “In democracy there is no place for violence. To avoid the fear of defeat, the ruling state party has engaged itself in bloodshed.”
He said at the press conference, “The answer to bullet will be replied with ballot. The defeat in votes will be a befitting reply to the violence makers.”
While, the BJP leader has requested for amity and peace to be maintained by the party workers at this time.
However, the BJD has completely ruled itself out from this incident.