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Stevedore boss assassinated in Paradip

The general manager of Hyderabad-based Seaways Shipping and Logistics Ltd (SSLL) was shot dead yesterday in Paradip, in what local media is describing as a case of “business rivalry”.

Mahendra Swain, 45, was heading to work in his car when two motorcycle-borne assailants stopped him, shot him and threw crudely made bombs into his car.

“Preliminary investigations pointed to the possibility of past enmity and business rivalry behind the murder. We have formed a special squad to nab the killers. We have sealed all entry and exist points in the port town,” additional superintendent of police, Paradip, Gadadhar Pradhani said.

Ranjan Swain, the nephew of Mahendra, alleged that a Paradip-based stevedore company was behind the murder.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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