Bolangir : A forest guard was shot dead by unidentified miscreants during night patrolling at Rengalibahal under Saintala Forest Range in Bolangir district late on Friday night.
Reportedly, the deceased identified as Jugeswar Budek, another staff, and the forester were on night patrolling in the forest area last night when they saw two youths at Rengalibahal square.
When being questioned, the youths had an argument and subsequently opened fire indiscriminately at the patrolling team in which Jugeswar sustained critical bullet injuries on his stomach.
Soon after it, the youths fled from the spot. Jugeswar was immediately rushed to Saintala Community Health Centre (CHC) where doctors declared him brought dead.
Meanwhile, the police and forest department have initiated a probe into the incident. One person has been detained and subjected to interrogation.