Saturday, October 30, 2010

tragic accident in Bargarh killed 8 persons of a Pradhan family

It is a gloomy atmosphere in the Dumerpali village of under Sohela police station of Bargarh district ever since the villagers came to know about the accident occurred in Saturday evening at near Tegnanala canal on NH 6 near Bargarh which took the lives of 8 females including 5 children who all native of the village. The accident was occurred after the Maruti van carrying them all got into the canal water and they died in the water because of suffocation. In a heart-braking environment villagers cremated the bodies on Sunday.
Police said, the lone survival of the accident, Lakyapati Pradhan was driving the van when the accident took place. He lost control over the vehicle after the one of the rear tire of the vehicle was busted. The deceased includes the wife, nice and daughters of Pradhan who also owned the Maruti van.
Police said, Pradhan’s wife Gitanjali was conceived once again after delivering 4 girl children. So in order to make routine medical check-up, Pradhan brought her wife to Bargah hospital. The couple was accompanied with their 4 daughters, two nieces and mother-in-law. While returning to their village, they went to Gopalpali village for sometime which was Pradhan’s in-law house.

“While returning to their native Dumerpali village after staying for sometime at Gopalpali, the tire of the vehicle was busted and the van fell down into the canal water. Since water was in full spate, they all died in suffocation. However with the help of locals, Lakyapati was the only victim who got survived in the accident”, SDPO (Bargarh) Bijay Kumar Dash said. 

Later in the late evening the dead bodies were fished out from the water and sent for autopsy. “We handed over the bodies to the family  after conducting autopsy”, SDPO Dash said. Police identified the deceased as Pinky (13) Rinky (7), chaiti (4) Khyamata (3) (all daughters of Pradhan), Puspa (9) Nilima (22) (niece of Pradhan) Gitanjali (38) (Wife) and Janhavi Pradhan (aunt-in-law of Pradhan).

Friday, October 29, 2010

Shame: Students made of sex slur allegation on an University Teacher

Sambalpur University
Two girl students (names withhold) of Sambalpur University have brought allegation of sexual haressment against one of their teacher. Lodging a written complaint with the sexual harassment cell of the varsity, both have demanded appropriate action against the teacher.  However the teacher has denied such allegation expressing his ignorance about the fact.
According to the source, two girl students of PGDCA department were allotted accommodation in the hostel of newly created SUIIT’s hostel (Sambalpur University Institute information and technology) of and asked them to share with two other students of MSc ( computer science). But on the objection of the latter’s they shifted to another room after a stay of 4 days n the previous room as per the verbal order of the convener of the SUIIT Dr. SK Nayak.
The two alleged that accused Nayak took sexual advancement on them in the new room that was not properly furnished. They also made allegation that the professor entered the room in odd hours with out knocking the door and talked all non-sense, purposefully when either of them was alone in the room. They objected him when he started crossing every limit of modesty as a result of which he threatened them to vacate the room. “We have asked to vacate the room on 30th of the September and since then we are getting threatening constantly from him. We finally decided to lodge complaint against the teacher after he made our living horrible in these days”, victimized students said while talking to the media persons on Friday.   
The sexual harassment committee of the university has decided to probe the issue after receiving the complaint of two female students. “We hold an emergent meeting of the committee today after-noon soon after receiving the complaint from the victim students. We will probe the issue and take appropriate step if we found truth on the allegation”, registrar of the Sambalpur University SS Rath said on Friday.  On the other hand the professor SK Nayak rubbishing the allegation said “it is fabricated and baseless”
It may be informed sexual slur against teachers is not new in the University. In past also such allegations were made by the students of the university where at least two professors lost their jobs during 2000 and in 2004.        

Mega-cleaning programme on 31st October in VSSM&C

VSS medical hospital 

The leading blood donor agency of Sambalpur town ‘Utsarga’ has decided to organize mass cleaning programme in VSS Medical College hospital on 31st Oct to create awareness among the people of the locality.   Members of more than 50 social and mass organizations of the region have given their consent to take part in the cleaning programme.
“We have taken such a decision because we feel there is a need of educating the people coming to the hospital. Unless common people are aware up, government agency alone can not run the thing properly.”, convener of the programme and senior member of Utsarga Sudhir Pujari said.
According to him, a preparatory meeting of the programme was already conducted by the organization where more than 50 organizations of the region had participated and agreed to take part in the programme. The programme is scheduled to be start from morning and will continue till each part of the hospital is not cleaned properly. “We are expecting participation of more than 1000 volunteers in the mega cleaning programme”, Pujari added.   

In broad day light two incidents of robbery occurred in Sambalpur and Jharsuguda

In a sensational bank robbery, miscreants decamped with about 8 lakhs cash on gun point from State Bank of India, Kirmira branch in Jharsuguda district on Thursday.  The miscreants fled away in the same bikes after they successful their mission .Police rushed to the bank but unable to trace the miscreants.   Kirmira is located about 100 away from here, is a well known place in the locality and the local branch of SBI becomes quite helpful for the people residing in the village. The incident panicked the people including the official of the bank.   
“We are in the job to trace out the accused persons. I have personally visited the spot and review the situation soon i received the information. I have instructed my officers  to keep close watch on the situation. We are sure miscreants might not have gone far away because of the immediate police action”, SP (Jharsuguda) Kavita Jalan said.  According to her, miscreants were in helmets when they entered the bank and did not give any scope to the bank officials to identify them. According to her, after through calculation, it was found that the miscreants have taken about Rs.8 lakhs from the bank. “It was around Rs. 8 lakhs and few thousands taken away by the miscreants. We have also seized a motor cycle and a bag left by the miscreants”, SP Jalan said.   
Sources said, the branch located in heart of Kirmira was opened on Thursday morning as usual. Bank staffs were ready to serve the customers coming into the bank for various transactions. Around 11 am, 4 miscreants putting helmets on, barged in to the bank with lethal weapons. They came with two motor cycles. They attacked the guard when he requested them to put off the helmets before entering the bank. 
“Since it was a rural branch, we manage the branch with fewer staff. After attacking the guard, the miscreants appeared inside the branch and threatened us to keep quite waving guns in their hands.  they snatched the money from the cashier. Later they fled away in the same motor cycles after locking us in a room”, a staff of the bank said.
On the other hand the officials of Kirmira police station, located in nearly place rushed to the spot soon after getting the information. The police officials tried to search on various possible routes that might have used by the miscreants, but failed to trace them. 
It may be informed that last year, miscreants looted another branch if SBI in the similar way in Mahulpali of Sambalpur district, which still remained untraced. Police suspected a link with the previous incident. “Though we are not sure but we suspected a link between the two”, a police officer said. 

Robbery in Jewelry shop in Burla town created panic: one held

on the same day another incident occurred in Burla town. Miscreants looted a jewelry shop on gun point in broad day light and decamped with gold ornaments worth of more than two lakhs.  The owner of the shop sustained injuries after miscreants attacked him on his protest. Police rushed to the spot and swam into action deploying forensic experts and sniffing dog.  Police arrested one member of the gang who was caught by the  staff jewelry shop as he could not go because his bike did not start in time.  After taking him  into custody, police expected to solve the case soon after 
Police sources said, 6 persons including two ladies came to the Burla based Shivani jewelry shop in three motor bikes. They intended to purchase some jewelry from the shop. Putting gun on the head of the owner, miscreants ordered him to bring all costly jewelry of the shop. “When I refused a tried to get rid from them, of accused attacked me with a sharp weapon. Then they took   the costly ornaments and fled away in their motor bikes. But one of them could not go because of the trouble of his bike that was caught by my staff with the help of local people”, owner of Shivani Jewelry Durga Prasad Sahu said.
“A case has been registered with Burla police basing on the complaint of the shop owner and begun the investigation. We have arrested the accused caught by the locals. we will interrogate him to know the detain”, a senior inspector of police said. 
Later police conducted raids on several places and arrested few others of the group, but failed to recover the jewelry...            

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New railway projects will change state scenery

DRM adressing in the  press meet
The survey work of the new proposed railway line between Talcher-Phulbani-Lanjigarh is presently under progress which will open a new avenue in the railway map of the state, once the project gets sanctioned by the railway department.  This was disclosed by the DRM of the Sambalpur division AV Shiva Prasad while he was talking with the media on Wednesday at Sambalpur. The DRM informed that this railway line will pass through Boudh and Phulbani districts which are not yet connected with rail. “With a distance of 230 km, the proposed railway line will be shortest route between South and central Orissa”, DRM Prasad said. According to him, the survey work of few other projects is under presently under progress which includes Junagarh-Amaguda (145km), Bolangir-Nuwapara (100 km) and Junagarh-Jaypore-Malkangir-Bhadrachalam (390 km).  “The scenery of the state will definitely change after the sanction of these railway projects”, DRM envisaged                                     
The DRM informed that the construction work of Rs. 700 crores estimated Khurda-Bolangir (289 Km) rail project is under speedy progress and is expected to complete with in two years. The department has sanctioned Rs.120 crores to be spent during 2010-11 financial year. The other two projects namely Lanjigarh-Junagarh and Lanjigarh-Bhawanipatna are also under speedy progress and latter one is expected to be commissioned by the end of this year.
The Divisional Railway manager (DRM) Prasad also informed that the doubling work of Sasan-Jharsuguda, Sambalpur-Talcher and Sambalpur-Titilagarh is under progress which is expected to be completed with in two years. “Running Frequency of trains will be increased once the doubling works is over”, he said.   The DRM added that the division has taken keen interest on the improvement of passengers’ amenity that is available in the division. He informed that the division has received 14.7% increase in originating passenger earning during first six month during 2010-11 financial year as compared to corresponding period of last year. However there is a decrease in originating freight earning this year as the rate of food grain, cement and Steel item was gone down.  In the press meet all senior officers including ADRM Jyotindra Digi were present.  

Administration will introduce e-banking system to make paddy payment

District administration of Sambalpur has decided to introduce E-banking or net banking facilities while making payment to the farmers during paddy procurement in the current season.  Administration believes the payment of paddy price would be easier and faster through this innovative system. To avail the facility, farmers are advised to give their banking accounts detail to the concern officials at market yard while selling their produce. The collector (Sambalpur) Hemant Kumar Dash said that money will be placed in the bank account of the respective farmers with in 24 hours of the selling.
“To make transparency in the payment of minimum support price (MSP) to the farmers we decided to avail the net banking facility from the current paddy procurement session which will begin from 15th of the month. Government has fixed a target 3.75 lakhs MT of paddy to be collected from Sambalpur district.  But the target is flexible looking to the availability of the paddy in the district.” the collector (Sambalpur) HK Dash said while talking to TOI on Tuesday.
Sources said, Sambalpur district has identified 47 centers that include societies and market yards, which will be utilized to collect paddy from the farmers. “Since selling of paddy will be done at the market yards and societies, farmers are advised not to take paddy to the rice-mills directly. I have instructed my officers to ensure that farmers should get proper price of their produces”, Dash said.
On the other hand the collector has assured to improve the infrastructure available in the market yards to make the paddy selling smoother and easier. “I have requested the civil supply minister Sarada Prasanna Nayak during his visit to Sambalpur to improve the infrastructures available in the markets yards. We hoped government will take immediate step to do the needful”, Collector said. However he agreed that more than 50 % of crop has been damaged in various places of the district due to low rainfall and unseasonal rain.  

New police station inaugurated at Khetrajpur

DIG RP Koche inaugurated the PS
Sambalpur gets a new police station in the town following the inauguration of much-awaited Khetrajpur PS on Wednesday. While inaugurating the new police station at Khetrajpur, the business centre of the town, DIG (NR) RP Koche hoped the new police station would cater the demand and aspiration of the people of this part. He also appealed the police personnel to secure the faith of the people.  “There is a high hope of the people on the police administration, so don’t let down their hopes”, DIG Koche said. 
senior police officers of the district 
In the inaugural function, collector HK Dash, chairperson of Sambalpur Municipality Reena Trivedi and SP (Sambalpur) Asheet Panigrahi were prominent among others who spoke on this occasion.  The inspector of the new police station Sanjib Satapathy congratulated the people and requested the people to extend their cooperation to convert it as a model police station. it may be informed that Sambalpur town has already 3 police stations namely Town, Dhanupali and Ainthapali. Khetrajpur becomes the fourth PS of the town. while Additional SP Gopal Sahu gave the inaugural address, SDPO (Sambalpur) DK Deo proposed votes of thanks. People of all walks of life attended the maiden function of the Khetrajpur police station. 

unseasonal rain caused heavy paddy damage

unseasonal rainfall   that occurred couple of days back in various places of western Orissa has caused heavy crop damages to the farmer community. Paddy which was ready for harvest has been damaged due to rainfall. Vegetable farmers have also sustained huge loss due to the rainfall. They feel unless government provides compensation to them, it would become difficult for them for survival as the damage has broken their back bones.
“The untimely rainfall has broken our back bones as the rain has complete destroy our crops and vegetable.  Unless the government takes the matter seriously and provides compensation, it becomes difficult for us to continue cultivation”, eminent farmer Ramsagar Sahu of Sindurpank village of Sambalpur district said.
Sources said, many places of western Orissa experienced heavy blow of wind and hailstorm followed by incessant rainfall for about 2 hours on Friday evening.  Many part of the region remained under darkness for more than 7 hours because of the power failure. The rainfall was so heavy which measures   82 mm in Sambalpur.
“We have never expected such heavy rain during ‘Dusshera’ which is considered as the harvesting session. This year nature did not support us during rainy season but it rains when we were not prepared for it”, Sahu added.
The farmers association on the other hand asked the government to take the matter seriously as the rainfall occurred at a time when the harvesting was about take place. “Paddy was ready for harvesting. So the volume of damage becomes high. So taking the matter seriously government should back the farmers”, Ashok Pradhan, the farmers leader said.   

Industry officer caught in vigilance net at Jharsuguda Railway station

Senior government officer industry department was forwarded to the judicial custody on Tuesday by the Vigilance police after a team had caught him red handed on the previous evening at Jharsuguda railway station while he was accepting bribe of Rs.10, 000/- from an entrepreneur to clear loan file . Vigilance sources said, the officer, identified as Netrananda Dandapat was presently posted as the assistance manager of DIC in Jharsuguda district had demanded a bribe of Rs.50 thousand from Sabil Ahamed of Brajarajnagar who had applied for a loan to set up his garment manufacturing unit at his home town. The accused officer was also threatened to drop the loan file incase he (Sabil) failed to oblige with the illegal gratification. Sabil agreed to give Rs.10 thousand as advance and rest amount after receiving the loan after the threatening of the officer.
“We drew a plan to trap the officer when Sabil contacted us and disclosed the fact. As per the direction of our SP (Vigilance) AK Sahu, we proceeded to Jharsuguda on Monday evening and waited for right the moment to trap the accused”, vigilance inspector Prabir Tripathy said while talking to this correspondent on Tuesday.  
According to him, accused Dandapat asked the complainant to come to Jharsuguda railway station to give the money as he was going to Bamra, his native village. Later he was caught by the vigilance team when he was accepting the bribe money from the complainant at Jharsuguda railway station. Vigilance sources revealed that the same officer was earlier had also arrested in a bribery case in 2007 which is sub-judiced in the court of law.  The vigilance team conducted raids on his official house at Jharsuguda and native house at Bamra (in Sambalpur district) after the trap but the investigating police refused to divulge any thing detail about the raid. “Since the raid continues till Tuesday morning, we have not yet estimated it. So right now we are unable to give detail about it”, inspector Tripathy said.

illegal couple committed suicide fearing social blame

Result of an illicit relationship always becomes fatal but knowing well people indulge in it but such love story has a tragic end. This was exactly the story of such two married persons in Bargarh district who ended their lives consuming poisons. When locals recovered them in a critical condition it was too late who died on the way to hospital on Saturday last. police suspected that they committed suicide fearing the society after their affairs became public. The two identified as Sukanti Suna (40) and Sanjib Suna (32) of Sarangpur village under Bargarh’s Melchhamunda police station limits were married persons and they were Dewar and Bhabi in relations.But such relation hardly matters for them as they attracted each others which subsequently turned into physical.  Police recovered the dead bodies and registered unnatural death case.
Police sources said, Sukanti, mother of 4 was married to Prahallad Suna of Sarangpur and was residing with her husband and children in Raipur (Chhattisgarh). Prahallad was working as daily wager to earn his livelihood. On the other hand, Sanjib was also staying at Raipur by running a roadside hotel.  Since they native of same village, socially they connected to each others. The visit of Sanjib to Prahallad's house frequented after they developed physically.  
“When Prahallad came to know about it, he informed his father-in-law Lala Bag, residing at Katapali village of Melchhamunda police station and asked him to come to Raipur to settle the matter. But before Bag’s arrival, both Sukanti and Sanjib eloped to Katapali and committed suicide by consuming poison”, a police of Melchhamunda PS said.  “we have handed over the bodies to their relation after conducting autopsy”, he said.      

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Man robbed in broad day light in Sambalpur: two held

file photo
In broad day light, 2 miscreants looted  a person near gaiety road located heart of the town and decamped with Rs.3 lakhs after snatching his handbag on Wednesday afternoon. The incident occurred when the victim identified as Ashok Sen, an employee of Jai Ambe enterprises was returning to his shop after drawing the amount from a local bank, on his way two miscreants appeared in a motor bike (Pulsar) and disappeared after snatching the money bag from him.

On the other hand police chasing the miscreants soon after getting the information, nabbed the accused person near Thelkolei on Sambalpur-Jharsuguda express road, 35 km away from the town, but failed to recover the money. “We are happy that we could nab the accused persons chasing behind them. But we failed to recover the money. We suspect involvement of few other persons in the gang who might have taken the money from the accused persons on the way”, SDPO (Sambalpur) Dilip Kumar Deo said.
“However we hope to recover the money as interrogation is on to ascertain other members of the gang. At present we do not want to disclose the names of the accused persons”, he added. 
It may be informed that snatching of money bags from innocent people coming from bank after withdrawal of money, becomes regular in the town over the past few months. Police have failed to nab the miscreants in earlier cases. But with the arrest of two miscreants, police are hopeful to bust gang involve in the racket. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Gather full-proved evidence to punish the culprits: Anup's friends suggest the police

Office of Sambalpur SP was crowded by the friends and colleagues of Anup Babu on Tuesday afternoon as every one was anxious to know the out come of the police investigation in the murder case. They   rushed to the office to see the criminals involved in the incident as soon as the information of press meet by SP was circulated in the town. They suggested the police to gather proper and full proved evidence against the accused persons so that they would not acquit in the court of law.
Late Anup Babu
“They have no right to live and they should be hanged as soon as possible for the crime they committed by killing a selfless person of the town. We request the police to gather full proved evidences against the accused persons so that they would be punished in the court of law. We will also request the lawyers of Sambalpur to help the prosecution in punishing the accused persons”, a friend of deceased Anup Babu said.
They congratulated the police for solving the case of Anup babu, a day before his ritual function scheduled to be held on Wednesday. “We are thankful to the police to arrest the accused person a day before his last ritual function and we hope his sole may rest in the heaven after the arrest of the accused persons who killed him brutally for money”, another friend said.  
 It may be mentioned here that the eminent social workers contractor Anup Babu (47) was hacked in the night of 7th October behind the Jyoti Bhawan (missionary ladies hostel) near Kureotola under Dhanupali police station limits of Sambalpur town.  Since the spot was isolated and closed to the National high way, assailants left the place before police could nab them.  Police recovered a blood-stain axe and vehicle (Scooty) of the deceased from the spot.
friends paid tribute   

Source said deceased Anup Babu was a famous personality of Sambalpur who was associated with various social and cultural associations. He was recipient of governor’s award for donating blood for maximum occasions (more than 100 times). Babu was married and left behind his widow and his 2 years daughter. He was having 2 unmarried sisters and 3 brothers who reside with him. The marriage of two of his sisters was scheduled to be held in coming November for which he wanted his money back from the accused person which he invested in the real estate trade along with the prime accused Sanjay Ghose.  His last ritual function (shradha) is scheduled to be held on Wednesday (20th October) at Budharaja. 

Anup Babu was victimized by land mafias: 'real estate' investment was in the backdrop : Sambalpur SP

Sanjay Ghose in the middle
The shadow in the much hyped mysterious killing of Anup Babu was uncovered after the arrest of dreaded land mafia Sanjay Ghose who was masterminded in his brutal killing. Anup, an eminent social activist and super class  contractor of Sambalpur was hacked on 7th of this month at Sakhipara area. Disclosing before the media persons on Tuesday, SP (Sambalpur) Asheet Panigrahi revealed that before coming in contact with the deceased, accused Sanjay had duped many persons in various places in the name of real estate. Sanjay, a native of Kuchilakanta village under Mayurbhanj’s Betanati police station limits and a diploma holder in mig-aeronautic had started real estate trade in Sambalpur involving deceased and others, where deceased had invested more than Rs. 1.5 crores. When deceased wanted his money back, the prime accused decided to eliminate him from the scene and hatched a plan. The police arrested 7 accused persons including the mastermind Sanjay Ghose out of the total 9 killers involved in the incident. Police also seized the ‘axe’ used in the killing. Sanjay hired 4 criminals from Boudh district to executive his plan. Two were already arrested and identified as Prakash Nayak and Lankeswar Pradhan who confessed every thing before the police. The other accused persons identified as Sashikanta Senapati, Satyendra thankur, Padu @Pandab Rout and Rohit Pradhan of Sambalpur town were arrested by the police from Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts.  Accused Satyendra’s barber shop at Church chock of the town was the meeting place of the accused persons, police SP informed.    
 late Anup Babu
“Anup Babu had invested about Rs.1.5 crores in the real estate trade that was carried out by Sanjay Ghose, mortgaging his residential house located at Sahajog Nagar of Sambalpur and taking hand loan from friends. Accused Sashikanta Senapati was brain behind Sanjay. When Anup did not get any thing in return, he wanted his money back as the marriage of his two sisters was scheduled to be held in coming November.   He had also threatened Sanjay to drag him to police station to realize the money in case he did not get his money in time. So Sanjay hatched a plan to eliminate him by involving hired criminals”, SP (Sambalpur) Asheet Panigrahi said.
According to him, Sanjay had duped many people in the name of real estate and swindled crores of rupees but as there was no official record of transaction of money people remained silent over it. “Accused Sanjay was quite articulate in his talk and easily traps people to invest money in the real estate. But he always tries to take money in cash to avoid any further litigation,” SP added.  
Police investigation revealed that the accused informed the deceased on the morning of the 7th October over phone that he wanted to back his money as he does not want to keep enmity with him and asked him to wait for his next call. In the evening he again called him over his cell phone and invited him to a secluded place near Sakhipara (behind the Jyoti Bhawan (missionary ladies hostel). When Anup Babu came with his scooty, on the way one of Sanjay’s aides Sashikanta Senapati sat behind the scooty to escort him to the spot.  “As per plan, every one including the 4 hire criminals were attacked him with axe as soon as Anup reached to the spot with out giving him a slightest moment to resist”, SP said. Sambalpur SP said that the accused persons had left a latter at the spot addressed to Anup where they mentioned his dispute regarding a contract work as the consequence of the incident. ‘but it was just to misguide us”, he said. He congratulated his subordinate officers for the achievement which was possible only because of the sincere and hard works of the these officers who include ASP Gopal Tripathy, Inspector Sanjiv Satpathy, inspector SK Mohapatra, and Sub-inspector Akash Sahu and Gopal Sahu.
Answering the question of media persons the SP revealed that the accused Sanjay was married to one lady identified as Elizabeth Ekka who presently works in AIR Sambalpur. The SP also admitted he has a keep working as lady police constable in Sambalpur. “We did not find their involvement in the incident, but our investigation is open and we will not spare any one found to be involved in the incident”, SP said.
He also appealed the people come forward to lodge complaint against the accused in case in case they have been duped by the accused in any given point of time. He has assured to keep secrecy of such complaint.