Baripada:A Gaan sathi of Suleipat village near Badampahar in Mayurbhanj district was shot dead by unidentified miscreants last night.
He was identified as Jyotindranath Giri.
Family members said some youths called him to nearest forest for some discussion. But he did not return home till late night.
Later relatives of Giri launched a search and found the bullet ridden body of Giri in the forest.
Reason of the shootout has yet been ascertained. Police suspect the case might be a fallout of past rivalry.
The body has been sent for postmortem and investigation is on, said police.
Gaan Sathis are employed to look after the NREGS works in their village.