Odisha Congress candidate dies 3 days after being shot

Ganjam: Voters show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote for the second phase of the general elections, at a polling station , Panchabhuti in Ganjam district. (PTI Photo)

Congress candidate from Aska Assembly seat in Odisha's Ganjam district, Manoj Jena who was shot by unknown miscreants three days ago succumbed to injuries during treatment, police said on Saturday.

At least four motorcycle-borne miscreants fired at the 37-year-old Congress leader in Lanjipalli area under Baidyanathpur police station limits in Ganjam district on Wednesday evening.

After firing, the miscreants had slit the throat of Jena, police said.

Jena was admitted at MKCG Medical College and Hospital here and then shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar, but he succumbed his injuries on Friday, police said.

The incident happened when Jena was going to his village Nuagaon for preparation of counting of votes, a police officer said.

Meanwhile, police seized a revolver and a motorcycle, suspected to have been used by the assailants, near Golantara road, he said.

Jena contested for the first time from the Aska Assembly seat on Congress ticket. He lost the election to BJD candidate Manjula Swain. 

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