Jagatsinghpur March 20 (LocalWire): A contractor from Kulia village here was seriously injured on Wednesday when criminals fired at him for not paying ‘hafta’, or extortion money.
Lokanath Das was on his way to Balikuda Bazar on his bike when three criminals attacked him.
One of the assailants and gang leader Sagar Mallick had also suspected Das of informing police about their illegal activities. His refusal to pay hafta today was the tipping point.
According to police, one of the attackers took out a revolver from his pocket and fired at Das, following a heated argument in the market over his refusal to pay hafta.
Das fell on the ground and lay unconscious, after the bullet pierced through his ear.
The public, however, managed to pin down one of his attackers.
The accused, Rakesh Das was handed over to police later on.
Meanwhile, police have registered a case in this connection.
The victim has been shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack for treatment.