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Raid on to nab Raja brother attackers

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 18: Lingaraj police have been conducting raids on several places in the city and outside to arrest the accused involved in the attack on jailed gangster Raja Acharya’s brother Deepak Acharya at Nageswartangi last night.

Deepak sustained injuries on head, hands and back in the attack and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital. The police detained two local youths in connection with the incident and are questioning them.

The victim said that while he was going on his motorcycle around 10.30 in the night through Bhoisahi area of Nageswartangi, some youths asked him to stop his vehicle.

“Though it was dark and there were none around, I stopped my vehicle as I knew two of them. Four of them started talking to me, while two others attacked me with sharp weapons from behind,” said Deepak, who had a narrow escape in the attack.

To save himself from the attack, Dipak shouted for help and rushed to a nearby house. The attackers then escaped from the spot.

Lingaraj police later arrived at the spot and rushed the injured to Capital Hospital from where he was later shifted to a private hospital in the city.

Tension gripped the area following the incident, as local residents feared it would create more tension if the victim retaliated in the future.

While none was ready to speak openly about last night’s incident, the fear was evident on their faces.

“I had closed my shop around 10pm. I do not know what happened after that. In the morning, I came to know about the incident through media. When I came here to open my shop this morning, I saw blood stains on the road,” said Ratnakar Sethi, a shopkeeper.

Another trader suspected that the attack would give rise to gang wars in the area, as the victim was also the brother of a gangster.

“We will be the sufferers in their battle, as our business will be affected,” said a trader.

The victim, however, dismissed the idea that the attack on him was the fallout of any gang war.

Deepak said that he had no rivalry with the attackers.

“I suspect the attackers might have thought it would be easy for them to extort money in the area by creating a fear among local residents if they attack on me,” said Deepak.

He identified two persons while giving a statement to the police.

Deepak’s brother Raja has been undergoing prison terms in Jharpada special jail after being convicted in December 2010 for murdering judo coach Biranchi Das in 2008.

Besides. Raja has also been convicted in many other cases, while a handful of cases against him are going on in different courts in the city.

Sources in the Lingaraj police station said that they suspected the attack to be the fallout of a land dispute.

“We are looking into all the possible angles of the attack. We are inquiringlocal people, trying to get clues and conducting raids on several places to arrest the accused persons,” said inspector in charge of the police station Itikant Mohapatra.