A newly-elected Congress MLA in Orissa escaped unhurt when unidentified assailants opened fire at him, police said on Saturday.
Ramesh Chandra Jena, elected to the assembly from Sanakhemundi, was returning home after being felicitated at a function here late last night when two assailants opened fire at his vehicle, Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Dhananjay Swain said.
A manhunt has been launched to nab the assailants.
Jena, who is also president of Ganjam district Bus Owners' Association, claimed that the attack was a handiwork of his political opponents.
Some criminal cases were also pending against the legislator, police said.
The felicitation function was organised by the district Bus Owners' Association.