Bhubaneswar: After the untimely demise of Odisha’s Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Das, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has allotted Health and Family Welfare Department to Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari, informed the Chief Minister’s Office.
Lt Naba Das was the Health and Family Welfare Minister of Odisha since 2019. He was a three-time MLA from the Jharsuguda constituency and was considered an influential leader in the region.
Minister Naba Das was shot at in Brajarajnagar in the Jharsuguda district and succumbed to his bullet injuries in Bhubaneswar hospital on Sunday. During the operation, it was found that a single bullet had entered and exited the body, injuring the heart and left lung and causing massive internal bleeding and injury.
“He was an asset for both the Govt and the party. His death is a great loss to the State of Odisha,” Odisha CMO said Das was shot at by one police personnel near Brajarajnagar in Jharsuguda district earlier today, following which he was critically injured.
A team of doctors led by Dr. Debashish Nayak immediately attended to and operated on him.
On operating was found that a single bullet had entered and exited the body, injuring the heart and left lung and causing massive internal bleeding and injury, the officials said.
According to officials, the injuries were repaired, and steps were taken to improve the pumping of the heart. He was immediately given ICU care. But even after lakhs of attempts, he could not be saved, and he died.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep shock and distress over the unfortunate death of Minister Naba Das.