A businessman, missing since last night, was found dead today. He was shot dead with the bullet lodged in his head. The news caused a flutter in Baripada town today. Police said investigations are on. The empty cartridge, mobile phone, purse and belongings of the businessman Parthasarathi Das, 41, was recovered from the spot near NH No 18 at Palboni area.

Parthasarathi has a gift centreshop at Station Bazaar near Palobani. Yesterday he had telephoned his wife at around 7.30 pm. But since then his mobile was switched off. His wife and family members got worried and searched for him last night. His wife Roma said she was received his last phone around 7.30 pm later switched off the phone.

There was no dispute in the family and no rival or enemy established with other persons, said Roma. On being informed SDPO, Baripada Abhimanu Nayak, Baripada town police station IIC Ashok Kumar Nayak, Udala IIC Amit Kumar Biswal launched a search and body was found. SDPO Abhimanu Nayak said the miscreant had fired on Patha’s back portion of the head when he was trying to escape on a bike. A manhunt has been launched to nab the culprit.