Gunmen attack BJP leader’s house in Orissa

February 23rd, 2009 - 12:25 am ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyBhubaneswar, Feb 22 (IANS) A group of masked gunmen Sunday evening attacked the house of a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Orissa, the police and the politician said.
Over a dozen of men carrying guns rushed to the house of Jual Oram, a sitting MP, at Kendudihi village in the district of Sundergarh, some 350 km from here, at about 8 p.m. and terrorised the family members for nearly half an hour, the police said.

They fired several rounds in the air and escaped in a Bolero vehicle when hundreds of villagers rushed to the spot, the police said.

Oram, who is in the state capital Bhubaneswar, told IANS that the gunmen snatched gold ornaments from some of his family members.

“Police forces have been sent to the village. Security has been beefed up around his house,” said Santosh Bala, district superintendent of police. Oram suspected that the attackers could be Maoists, but Bala said the police were not sure.

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