Ex Rourkela councillor survives bomb attack, rival detained

Mohanty also had criminal antecedents but he had reportedly left the world of crime long back.

Published: 08th February 2020 08:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th February 2020 08:33 AM   |  A+A-

Bomb blast

For representational purposes (File Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

ROURKELA: Former Rourkela Municipality councillor Asesh Mohanty narrowly escaped a bomb attack with minor injuries at Basanti colony here on Thursday.

Mohanty, also a transport businessman, was entering his house at around 9.45 pm when a bomb exploded near him. Although of low intensity, the explosion left him with shrapnel injuries. He rushed inside the house and his family members later shifted him to hospital. Mohanty said he saw no one at the explosion site but he had faced a similar attack in 2010.

Police on Friday detained a local businessman and two others in this connection. Rourkela SP K Shiva Subramani said the explosion occurred from a low-intensity improvised explosive device made of bottle. An unexploded bottle was found from the spot was defused. The preliminary investigation pointed to past rivalry as the reason behind the attack. A case has been registered.

In September 2010, a murderous attack had taken place on Mohanty and his employee near his office at Uditnagar, but both survived the attack. Mohanty had received a bullet in his thigh.

Mohanty also had criminal antecedents but he had reportedly left the world of crime long back.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp