Berhampur, Jan. 29: A group of unidentified goons hurled several bombs and killed Shanti Mishra, 31, a resident of Panigrahi Sahi in Gosaninuagaon police limits, this morning.
The deceased, who did not know how to swim, had jumped into a pond to escape, but the goons continued throwing the bombs at him till he drowned. Past enmity is suspected to be the motive behind the crime.
“Mishra was involved in several crimes and was out on bail. He was attacked with bombs and a sharp weapon when returned from the Gosaninuagaon police station to sign a document to prove that he was present in Berhampur,” said a police officer.
Mishra was attacked when he and his friends were standing near a roadside teashop in front of the Gundicha temple.
“About 12 people came in a car and on four motorcycles and attacked Mishra with bombs and bhujali (dagger). They hurled a bomb at his head. He tried to escape by running to a nearby pond and jumped into it but in vain. The goons hurled about 10 bombs at him and then sped away after Mishra drowned,” said Anil Kumar Nayak, a friend of Mishra and an eyewitness.
Mishra’s body was fished out of the pond by local residents and sent to MKCG Medical College and Hospital where he was declared dead. Nayak has lodged an FIR with the Gosaninuagaon police.
The cops refused to part with details. Senior sub-inspector of police Teriskova Mahapatra, is investigating the incident.
Prateek Mahanty, top cop of Berhampur, however, said the investigation was in the preliminary stage. “We have formed a special team to investigate into the entire episode and all its aspects,” he said.
The cops seized a jacket, a rope used in the bombs, the bike of Mishra and a dagger holder from the spot.