Kendrapara: A businessman sustained critical injuries after being shot at by unidentified miscreants near Dandamunda in Gulnagar of Kendrapara district late on Saturday night.
The victim has been identified as Bibekanand Moharana (45).
According to sources, the incident occurred last night while Bibekanand was returning home after attending a meeting when two miscreants suddenly shot him from behind before fleeing the spot.
Locals rushed to his help and called an ambulance, following which Bibekanand was admitted to Kendrapara district headquarters hospital.
As Bibekanand’s health condition deteriorated he was immediately shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
Fumed over the incident, locals staged a dharna and staged road block on Cuttack-Chandbali road near Tinimuhani Chakk demanding immediate arrest of the accused persons.
Police also reached the spot and launched a probe into the incident. It is suspected that the incident was the fallout of business rivalry. The actual cause behind the attack will be ascertained after the arrest of accused persons, police said.