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Congress leader Raju Mishra and one other person were shot dead by six to seven unidentified gunmen near Parijat Building at Cherital in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, at around 10:15 pm on Wednesday. The other person shot dead was identified as Mishra's history-sheeter Cuckoo Sardar.

The attackers surrounded the two men on Damohnaka-Baldevbag Road and fired 25-30 rounds, following which they fled the spot.The firing led to chaos on the street as people fled the spot to save their lives. Sardar, 28, was shot in the eye while Mishra was wounded in the stomach.

According to local media reports, the two men were standing at a food stall when they were attacked. Mishra's house is situated behind the Parijat Building. 

Local residents rushed the two men to Metro Hospital but they were declared dead by the doctors. The police then sent the bodies for post mortem. 

Several Congress and BJP leaders visited the hospital late in the night.

According to ANI, the police have recovered bullets and blood samples from the crime scene and a forensic enquiry has also been ordered into the incident. The police is still trying to know the reason behind the attack.

The agency quoted sources as saying that the gunemn had actually come to attack Sardar but shot Mishra has well upon finding him at the spot.