Bhubaneswar: A legislator of the ruling
BJD in Orissa, Jagabandhu Majhi, and his personal security
officer were shot dead by suspected Maoists at a public
meeting in Nawarangpur district on Saturday.
39-year-old Majhi, a prominent tribal leader, who
represented Umerkote Assembly constituency, had gone to Gona
village to distribute land pattas when the incident took
place, Director General of Police Manmohan Praharaj said.
Patta distribution was underway at a public meeting in
the Naxal-hit area when about four unidentified armed persons
stormed the venue and fired killing Majhi and his PSO, he
Involvement of Maoists in the killing was suspected and
different aspects were being examined to ascertain the fact,
police said, adding the site was close to Maoist-hit areas of
The bodies of Majhi and his PSO, P K Patro have been
taken to the Raighar Police Station and investigation was on,
Nawarangpur Superintendent of police Niti Shekhar said.
Meanwhile, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik has ordered a probe by the crime branch into the
killing of the BJD MLA.