Bhubaneswar: A BJP official has been shot dead near the party’s Nabina Bag office in Khordha, Odisha, said reports.

BJP Mandal president Manguli Jena died after being shot at by two bike-borne miscreants late on Sunday. Following the incident, the BJP has called for Khordha bandh from 8 AM to 2 PM on Monday.

Khordha BJP MLA candidate Kalu Khandayatra who witnessed the incident said, “After a meeting, we all were still on the road, discussing, and Jena was with us. As he turned to leave, a person riding a scooty passed by while firing two rounds at him. The attacker also fired another round at me. I escaped unhurt but Jena was killed.”

As to what could be the motive behind the attack, Khandayatra said that he could not identify the assailant who had covered his head with a helmet but blamed the BJD’s goodaraj set on eliminating him.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “I strongly condemn the heinous murder that has taken place in Khordha, requested Election Commissioner to direct the Police to take strict action against those involved.”

Later, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “We have to respond to his death not by bullet, but by ballot. Chief Minister Naveen Babu is shedding crocodile tears. An incident like this in a democracy is condemnable.”