Dhenkanal: A village president was shot at by a group of armed miscreants over alleged past enmity at Ranjagol village in Dhenkanal district on Friday.
The victim was identified as Lingaraj Sahoo, the president of Ranjagol village. He was undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack with severe bullet injuries.
According to sources, Sahoo was on his way to nearby market in the village when a group of miscreants waylaid him at Balmi area and attacked him with iron rods. The miscreants then opened fire at Sahoo and fled the spot.
Sahoo was rushed to Khajuriakata community health centre (CHC) by some locals and was later shifted to SCB after his condition deteriorated.
According to police, a clash broke out at Ranjagol a few days back over ransacking of a stone crusher unit in the village. It is suspected that the attack on Sahoo is a fallout of the clash over the stone crushing unit.