The victim has been identified as Gayadhar Nayak, Sarapanch of Khaparpada gram panchayat under Dhamnagar block in the district.
As per reports, unidentified miscreants attacked Nayak with sharp weapons near the village last night when he was heading to his house on a bike from the panchayat office.
Nayak, who sustained severe injuries in his head and chest in the attack, was rescued by locals in a critical condition and rushed to the District Headquarter Hospital here for treatment. Later, he was shifted to a hospital in Bhubaneswar as his condition deteriorated.
On being informed, local police reached the spot and started an investigation into the incident.
Though the exact cause of the attack on Nayak is yet to be ascertained, locals alleged that the Sarapanch was attacked over political enmity.