Bhubaneswar: A shipping company manager was shot dead in broad daylight over business rivalry in Paradip on Wednesday. The victim Mahendra Swain (Babuli) of Seaways Shipping Pvt Ltd died on spot after unidentified miscreants shot him dead.
According to police sources, Swain was driving his Scorpio to office when the miscreants on two motorcycles hurled two bombs at his vehicle at the Madhuban Mausi Ma Temple Square. The bombing had damaged the front glass and left door of the Scorpio. While Swain fled to the nearby bachelor quarters, the miscreants fired two rounds of bullets of which one hit his head and another pierced his chest. He was immediately shifted to Atharabanki Biju Memorial Hospital and later to SCB Medical, Cuttack, where he was brought dead, doctors said.
Paradip Additional SP Gadadhar Padhani and IIC Subhranhsu Shekhar Nayak reached the spot with a team to initiate investigation. A scientific team has also reached the spot to support police in the investigation. Paradip SP J N Pankaj has also reached the district police headquarters for inspection into the matter.
Notably, in July 2015, stevedoring of cargo ship MV Prabhu Gopal had sparked off debate between Seaways Shipping and other companies. Similarly, earlier this year the stevedoring of MV Kamari had also caused controversy so much so that fearing a clash between the companies administration had implemented Section 144.