Bhubaneswar, Nov. 28: One person was killed when unidentified persons fired at him while he was riding pillion on a motorcycle in the Raja Bazar area of Jatni on the city outskirts this evening.
The deceased has been identified as Hadia Barik, 35, a resident of Kusumatia village. He worked at a tent house company owned by one Mitu Parida. Parida, who was driving the motorcycle, escaped the attack unhurt.
Terror gripped the area and the market was soon deserted. Shopkeepers, fearing more attack, pulled down their shutters. Later, local residents and relatives of the deceased surrounded the police station and blocked the Khurda-Jatni road late in the evening for more than an hour.
The protesters retreated only after senior police officers assured them of immediate action against the accused.
Sources said Barik and Parida were near riding the motorcycle near the movie theatre when two rounds of bullets were fired at them. Barik, who was hit, fell from the two-wheeler. Though he was rushed to the district headquarters hospital in Khurda, he was declared dead there.
Inspector in charge of Jatni police station Sarat Sahoo said: We have got the information about the firing and are inquiring into the matter. We suspect old rivalry to be the cause behind the incident.
However, a relative of Barik and Parida said they had no enemies.
I could not see who fired at us. Before I realised what was happening, bullets hit Barik and we fell on the road. The shooters may have fled the spot by then, said Parida.
Local traders complained that shooting incidents had become common in Jatni, which is on the city outskirts and is a wholesale market for the nearby areas. They have demanded immediate arrest of the accused and better security in the area.