"The injuries were repaired, but despite best efforts, he could not be revived and succumbed to his injuries," the hospital said in a statement.AdvertisementIndia News Reported by Saurabh Gupta, Edited by Abhimanyu Kulkarni
Updated: January 29, 2023 8:33 pm ISTNaba Kisore Das, Odisha health minister who was critically injured after being shot at by a police officer, has died in hospital. The minister was shot by an assistant sub-inspector, who has been arrested. The reason of the attack is not clear.
Naba Kisore Das was shot in the chest when he was on his way to attend a programme. He was airlifted to the Apollo Hospital in Bhubaneswar where he succumbed to his injuries.
The hospital said that the bullet had injured the minister's heart and caused internal bleeding.
"The injuries were repaired, and steps were taken to improve the pumping of the heart. He was given urgent ICU care. But despite best of efforts, he could not be revived and succumbed to his injuries," the hospital said in a statement.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik offered his condolences and said that Naba Kisore Das' death was a great loss to Odisha.
"He was an asset for both the government and the party. He has successfully carried many initiatives in the health department to the benefit of the people," the Chief Minister said.
He also directed the crime branch to investigate the incident.
Earlier today, Assistant Sub-inspector of Police (ASI) Gopal Das fired two rounds at the minister.
Gopal Das was caught by locals, and has been taken into custody, the police said
Witnesses claim Naba Kisore Das was shot just as he stepped out of his vehicle. The motives behind the attack are still unclear.
Videos from the spot showed Mr Das bleeding from the chest with people trying to lift the injured minister, who seemed unconscious, and place him on the front seat of a car.