The deceased has been identified as Deepak Mahunta, Samiti member of Baruan K gram panchayat under Kamakhyanagar block in the district.
As per reports, miscreants fired upon the samiti member when he was in his car at Jamujhara near Baruan K village and fled from the spot. His car was also damaged.
The locals rescued Deepak in a critical condition and rushed him to the District Headquarters Hospital in Denkhanal. However, doctors declared him ‘brought dead’.
Deepak Mahunta’s wife Mamata Mahunta is currently the sarpanch of Baruan K gram panchayat.
Family members said that Deepak was killed over suspected past enmity.
On being informed, police reached the spot and started an investigation into the matter.