CUTTACK: Prakash Behera, who was named as key accused in the murder of Shaikh Bazaar Puja Committee secretary Keshab Behera but later acquitted by court, was on Sunday injured in an organised attack by miscreants near the Sub Registrar’s office here.
Behera alias Chakuli, was going on his motorcycle along with a companion Purna Chandra Das, when he was waylaid by a group of around six miscreants near the office at High Court Square. The miscreants whipped out swords and attacked both as Behera tried to speed away from the spot.
Though they managed to escape, both sustained serious cut injuries. While Prakash had his hand injured, Purna was hit in the hand and leg. They have been admitted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital here.
Behera has been a target since his acquittal in the Keshab Behera alias Keshia murder case. In May this year, days after his release, bombs had been hurled at his house.
While it is suspected to be a revenge attack linked to Keshia murder, he has also reportedly told police that he has been receiving threats.
Keshia was gunned down on the morning of July 8, 2013 near his home when he was going towards Chandi Chowk. As many as five bullets were pumped into him from close range killing him on the spot.
The murder was stated to be carried out by the Tito gang over auctioning of Chandi Mandir as well as vehicle stands of Balijatra fair and Barabati Stadium. The gangster had attempted to take over the parking lots and shops from Keshia but failed and thus eliminated him.
Prakash Behera and nine others had been accused in the case. But he along with two others, Dinabandhu Behera and Abdul alias Muna Laden, were acquitted while eight others were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by the trial court on May 20.