CUTTACK: Two persons including a woman sustained grievous injuries after an elderly man opened fire from his licensed gun over a land dispute at Deulasahi under Bidanasi police limits on Tuesday.
The injured Parbati Kumar Das (65) and Subhra Mohanty(55) have been admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital. Police arrested 83-year-old Purna Chandra Mohanty, a retired Government employee, and seized a 12 bore SBBL gun and ammunition from his possession.
Police sources said there was a long standing dispute between Purna and one Kishore Kar of Bidanasi over a piece of land situated near Sai Temple at Deulasahi. Both Purna and Kishore have been claiming ownership over the land.
Though a civil litigation over the disputed land is pending in court, Kishore on Tuesday engaged local contractor Parbati Kumar Das in construction activities on the disputed land. Finding Das at the disputed spot, Purna protested.
A quarrel ensued between Purna and Das following which the former in a fit of rage took out his single barrel gun and opened fire.
Das sustained injuries on his forehead and shoulder. Subhra, a local shopkeeper, was also injured in the firing incident.
Locals rushed to the spot, caught Purna and handed him over him to police.
A case has been registered against Purna and investigation is on, DCP Sanjeev Arora said.