Bhubaneswar police have identified the men behind the attack on BPO employee Namita Padhi at Mancheswar on Friday, though they are yet to establish the cause of the firing.
“We have got vital clues from the nine detainees and would crack the case within a day or two. The culprits have been identified,” Bhubaneswar DCP Nitinjeet Singh said. He did not divulge details of the interrogation. A team of police officers on Sunday rushed to Sambalpur to investigate the case.
Two bike-borne miscreants opened fire at Namita, who worked as a call centre agent with Serco that provides service to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), outside her office. She received a bullet injury on her left calf.
Police suspect the firing incident could be related to another incident in which the husband of Namita’s elder sister Sanjay Mishra was shot at at Shastri Nagar on April 9, 2011. Police had arrested five men for the incident. The mastermind behind the attack was a person who had unsuccessfully courted Kavita, Mishra’s wife, in the past.
“We do not know who tried to kill my sister. But our family is being targeted time and again. We are terrified at the latest incident. Police should arrest the culprits,” Namita’s sister Sunita Padhi said.