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Minister kin hurt in attack

Minister kin hurt in attack

The attack took place in Banabira village late on Thursday, the police said.

The high-voltage campaign for the February 24 Bijepur Assembly bypoll in Odisha's Bargarh district ended on Thursday with rival parties locking horns over local issues with an eye on the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls next year.

The ministers brother Subrat Singh and his associates were travelling in a auto when the miscreants intercepted their vehicle and attacked them around 1.30am in Bargarh district, Additional Superintendent of Police Yashobant Senapati said.

As per report, the miscreants fired at their vehicle and damaged it completely.

Police said Mr Subrat Singh and three others were injured in the attack and were rushed to Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) at Burla by Bargarh Police The miscreants, however, managed to escape from the spot after the incident.

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BJD President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, several union ministers and BJP leaders, including Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan, and Jual Oram, and senior Congress leaders extensively canvassed for votes for their respective candidates during the campaigning.

"Separate police teams have been pressed into service to arrest more people in the case", he said.

"We have a specific information that Pandian, the chief political worker of CM Naveen Patnaik had convened a meeting in Bhubaneswar two days ago". The attack has triggered a political war of words as the BJD accused the BJP of orchestrating the attack.

BJD alleges BJP hand in attack; BJP rubbishes charges. Security has been beefed up ahead of the Bijepur bypoll in Bargarh district and CCTVs installed in critical and sensitive booths.

Describing the incident as a drama, he said the attack was suspected to have been caused by old rivalry. "BJP doesn't believe in violence". The three associates of ministers' younger brother, who have been injured in the incident, have been identified as Kartika Nag, Maji Sahu and Khageswar Mahalik.


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