Gang rivalry claimed the life of the 31-year-old son of former Congress minister Raghab Parida in costal Ganjam district when unidentified gunmen fired at him from close range on Sunday evening killing him on the spot.
BJD leader Sudarsan Parida (31),son of the former civil supplies minister,was sitting with some of his friends in the Aska area of Ganjam when two bike-borne youths reached the spot and opened indiscriminate fire on them.
Soon,more persons reached the spot and started firing at Paridas men, said Ganjam SP Nitinjeet Singh.
Sudarsan,who received bullet injuries on his chest,head and face,was dead by the time he could be taken to the local hospital. His friend Umakanta Panda (32) succumbed to his injuries on Monday. Three persons have been injured in the firing. The miscreants managed to flee after the crime.
Incidentally,the attack came a day after CM Naveen Patnaik visited Aska,his old parliamentary constituency.
The Ganjam SP said the killing seemed to be a fallout of an old rivalry between two criminal gangs,one of which was led by Sudarsan. The BJD leader had 30 criminal cases,including murder,attempt to murder and dacoity,lodged against him,half of which are pending trial in courts. The second son of Raghab Parida,he was an accused in the murder of Congress leader Uma Bisoi and was out on bail. He was also president of Aska Pharmacy,a cooperative. The assailants were waiting for an opportunity to strike at Sudarsan.