June 1, 2015 3:06:57 am
The chairman of ARSS Ltd, a Bhubaneswar-based construction company, was arrested on Sunday on charges of masterminding an attack on a senior official of Rail Vikas Nigam Limited as the latter had imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh on the firm for low-quality work.
Police said Subash Agarwal, chairman of ARSS, a listed company, allegedly hired two youths to fire at Ajay Kumar, joint general manager of projects at RVNL. On Saturday afternoon, while Kumar was coming home for lunch, two youths stopped his vehicle at Shree Vihar area of Bhubaneswar. “One of the youths brandished a gun. As Kumar locked the door, the youth fired at him. Luckily it did not hit him,” said deputy commissioner of police Satyabrata Bhoi. The goons fled the spot as locals gathered.
On Sunday, Agarwal was sent to jail after his bail application was rejected.
Started in May 2000, the ARSS group is engaged in construction of railway infrastructure, roads, highways, bridges and irrigation projects. The group is known for its alleged proximity to former BJD leader Pyari Mohan Mohapatra.
According to the police, ARSS had won the Rs 105 crore contract to build a section of the railway line that would connect the industrial town of Angul with the chromite mines of Sukinda in Jajpur district. Kumar, who is tasked to see the implementation of the 97.4 km Angul-Sukinda broad gauge line, had imposed a fineon the firm.
Subash Agarwal then visited the office of Kumar in Bhubaneswar and verbally abused him for imposing a penalty on his firm.
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