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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik consoles the son of Health Minister Naba Das (Photo:ANI)
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik consoles the son of Health Minister Naba Das (Photo:ANI)

Odisha Crime Branch to visit Brajrajnagar to probe shooting at health minister Naba Das

ANI | Updated: Jan 29, 2023 18:33 IST

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], January 29 (ANI): A team of Odisha Crime Branch headed by a senior police official proceeded to Brajarajnagar in the Jharsuguda district where state Health Minister Naba Das was shot at which inflicted critical injuries on him on Sunday, officials said.
The team led by Additional Director General Arun Bothra left for the crime spot to inquire into the firing incident on Minister Naba Das.
The move followed after the Naveen Patnaik government directed the Crime Branch to take up the investigation into the matter.
Das sustained injuries after being shot at by one police personnel near Brajarajnagar in Jharsuguda district earlier today.
"Crime branch has been directed to take up the investigation of the case. Senior officers of crime branch have been asked to go to the spot," officials said earlier.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condemned the attack on the minister and prayed for his early recovery.
"I am shocked at the unfortunate incident of attack on honourable minister Naba Das. I strongly condemn the attack on him. I pray for his early recovery," Patnaik said.

According to the officials, the Health Minister is in critical condition. He was airlifted to Bhubaneswar from Jharsuguda with an accompanying medical team of specialists and life support equipment.
From Bhubaneswar airport, he was shifted immediately to Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar.
A team of the best specialists in the State, drawn from Apollo Hospital, SCB MCH and Capital Hospital attended him, officials said.
Patnaik also visited Apollo hospital and held a discussion with Health Secretary and other officials.
Earlier, an eyewitness, advocate Ram Mohan Rao said that the policeman fired at the Odisha minister from point-blank range.
"This incident occurred at about 12.30 afternoon at Gandhi chowk when Das was on his way to attend a programme. He sustained bullet injuries to his left chest, leaving him seriously injured," Rao said.
"At a public grievance office opening, Naba Das was the chief guest. When he arrived, the crowd gathered to welcome him. Suddenly, a gunshot was heard. We saw police personnel running away after shooting from close range. Minister to be airlifted to Bhubaneswar," he added.
The exact reason behind the firing is still unclear. (ANI)