Over a month after the Paikmal police exhumed the body of Kasyap Bag (36) in Jamuna Nagar here on May 4, they claimed to have solved the murder mystery. Bag had gone missing on April 30. Police have arrested three persons including Bag’s widow Bindu (32), her cousin Nirupama Seth (26), besides paramour of Bindu and prime accused Premananda Dansena (35).
Informing this to mediapersons on Thursday, Bargarh SP Ashish Singh said Bag was working as a migrant labourer in Tamil Nadu. He had called up his wife Bindu and informed her that he was coming home on April 28 for Baisakh Mela in Nrusinghanath temple. Apparently, Bindu had developed a relationship with Premananda over the last nine months and they sought help of Nirupama to eliminate Bag.
When he reached home at Jamunanagar at about 7 pm on April 28, Bindu offered him alcohol laced with sleeping pills along with mutton. When he became semi-conscious, Premananda attacked Bag with an axe. However, the axe missed his throat and hit his chin resulting in a deep cut and bleeding. Thereafter, both Bindu and Premananda cleaned the blood and the plan to eliminate him was shelved. Next day on April 29, Bag was not allowed by Bindu to move out of the house and she again offered him liquor laced with more sleeping pills which rendered Bag motionless.
On April 30 night, Premananda tied a rope from a wooden beam in the roof of the house and the trio hanged Bag for about two hours which is believed to have caused his death. After covering the body with a bedsheet, they buried the body in the courtyard of the house.
As Paikmal police came to know about mysterious disappearance of Bag, they visited the house and came across newly laid concrete patch in the courtyard. This raised their suspicion and after digging about four feet, they found a dead body with limbs tied and face covered with cloth. As Bindu was missing, police doubted her involvement and started tracking her.
The three had left for Raipur after committing the crime and then shifted to Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. Police said when the three accused had come to Bargarh to arrange money, they were arrested at the railway station.
Bag and Bindu had a love marriage 12 years back and were forced to leave their village in Chhattisgarh after their families refused to accept the marriage. They had settled down in Jamunanagar under Paikmal police limits. The couple has a son and a daughter and the children have been kept in Kasturba Matru Niketan at Paikmal by police. Premananda is also married and has a son and a daughter.
Putting an end to the protracted suspense over site selection for the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Odisha, the Union government today approved setting up of the elite institute at Sambalpur in western part of the state.
The site was approved in the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The cabinet also gave its nod for five other new IIMs announced last year.
Apart from Samablpur, the other locations are Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra) and Amritsar (Punjab).
“These IIMs will begin functioning from assigned temporary campuses and shift to their permanent locations after construction of their campuses. It is intended that these six new IIMs will commence their first academic session from 2015-16″, read a PIB (press information bureau) release.
Each institute will start with an intake of 140 students in the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) courses. It is expected that the annual intake will increase to reach a level of 560 students each year by the end of seven years, added the release.
The PGP in management would be the flagship programme in these institutes and admission to the programme will be done through the open and competitive Common Admission Test (CAT) being conducted by the IIMs.
The site selection for establishment of the premier institute in the state had snowballed into a political debate after intellectual forums from different parts of the state, especially from northern, western and southern Odisha, demanded its location in their respective areas.
A Central team had initially zeroed in on Bhubaneswar for setting up of the campus of the new IIM as it was found to be most suitable as per the site selection guidelines. However, soon demands were raised by citizens of other important cities to locate the IIM in their area citing concentration of several premier institutes in Bhubaneswar and pleading for equitable development of different geographical regions.
Anticipating severe protest ahead of municipal polls in key western Odisha cities, the state government later requested the Union Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) to also consider Sambalpur as another option for establishing Odisha campus of IIM following HRD minister Smriti Irani’s letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seeking his views on the issue.
In reply, Patnaik had said that his government would strongly recommend Sambalpur as the site for IIM, if the Centre was ready to relax its guidelines.
On June 20, a four-member central team came on two-day visit to the state and inspected the sites of proposed permanent and temporary campuses in Sambalpur.
“I am delighted that the central government has agreed to our proposal to set up the IIM in Sambalpur. This will go a long way in promoting excellent education institutions in western Odisha,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
“I thank Union minister for HRD on behalf of the state for the decision. We are committed to provide all kind of support for the establishment of the IIM. The ministry had asked for better road connectivity and broad band connection to the campus and we will do the needful,” said Sanjay Kumar Das Burma, state minister for Employment and Technical Education &. Training Employment, Technical Education and Training (ETET).
Establishment of six new Indian Institutes of Management
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for setting up of six new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in the country.
These new IIMs will be located at Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Sambalpur (Odisha) and Amritsar (Punjab). These IIMs will begin functioning from assigned temporary campuses and shift to their permanent sites after construction of their campuses. It is intended that these six new IIMs will commence their first academic session from 2015-16. Each Institute will start with an intake of 140 students in the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) courses. It is expected that the annual intake will increase to reach a level of 560 students each year by the end of seven years.
The PGP in Management would be the flagship programme of these institutions. Admission to the PGP will be through the open and competitive Common Admission Test (CAT) being conducted by the IIMs.
The Institutes would train young graduates to undertake management responsibilities and carry out research and consultancy in the field of management and allied areas. Their programmes will provide the country, potential leaders in diverse fields of endeavour and enterprise.
A commitment was made by the Government of India in the Budget speech of the Finance Minister in July 2014 to establish five new IIMs in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Punjab. In addition, the reorganization of the State of Andhra Pradesh into the two States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has necessitated the setting up of an IIM in Andhra Pradesh, consequent to and in pursuance of the Andhra Pradesh Re-organization Act, 2014.
A four-member team reached Sambalpur on a two-day visit on Saturday to select sites for the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) brightening the prospect of admission to the premier business school from this academic year.
Though officials were originally scheduled to go to the western Odisha city on June 25, it advanced its trip by five days to meet the approaching deadline to complete admission and start classes by July 13.
“We will visit all the suggested sites for the permanent and temporary locations and submit a report to the ministry of human resource development (MHRD),” said Praveen Kumar, a joint secretary with the MHRD, who led the four-member team.
Others in the group are Pawan Singh, a professor at IIM Indore which is the mentor institute for IIM-Odisha, state technical education secretary Asit Tripathy and chief engineer, central public works department (Bhubaneswar), Umesh Mishra.
MHRD sources said the process was brought forward because expenditure for construction of the proposed campus and running cost of the transit campus would come up for approval of the Union cabinet soon. “Without finalizing the location, the ministry can’t place the proposal before the cabinet,” he added.
Technical education minister Sanjay Dasburma said the state government was informed about the revised schedule and reconstitution of the site selection committee late on Friday evening. “It is a welcome step that the MHRD has hastened the process reducing the state’s anxiety,” the minister said.
The state government has identified land in Rengali, Dhankauda and Neeldungri blocks for permanent campus besides Government Polytechnic, Rengali, Sambalpur University Institute of Information Technology (SUIIT), Burla and Silicon Institute of Technology, Sason for temporary campus. The team visited Basantpur in Goshala area of Dhankauda, one of the three probable sites and SUIIT and would visit the other sites on Sunday.
Earlier, IIM Indore had told the MHRD that unless it clarified the Odisha institute’s location by June 15, admission would not be possible in 2015-16.
Optimistic of completion of the first phase of crucial Jharsuguda-Barpali railway line by June, 2016, the centre on Thursday said it had not rejected Odisha government’s application seeking Chhendipada coal blocks for the state PSUs.
“I am happy to inform that Jharsuguda-Barpali rail line which is one of the three major railway lines for evacuation of coal in the country, has progressed well. The first phase single line of Jharsuguda-Barpali line will be completed by June 2016,” union coal secretary Anil Swarup told reporters here.
Swarup was here to discuss the progress of 11 coal mines of Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL). He said completion of the Jharsuguda-Barpali railway line would ensure evacuation of about 20 million tonnes of coal from the pit head to power plants located in other places.
“As MCL has already made a record by producing 120 million tonnes of coal last year and targets 150 million tonnes production this year, the importance of the new railway line is very important,” Swarup said adding coal availability is not a problem now, but there is challenge in evacuation of the dry fuel from pit head.
While giving adequate stress on coal evacuation system Swarup said the country has generated 494 million tonnes of coal this year which is 32 million tonne from the previous year. This year also the target is about 12 per cent more.
On state government’s efforts to expedite coal production, Swarup said the state administration have been very positive. The Chief Secretary has directed officials to complete works within specific time line.
To a question, the Union Coal Secretary said Centre has not rejected any application of the state government to avail Chendipada coal blocks. “Let me clarify, the centre has not rejected any proposal of the state government. We have certain process for the coal block allocation. We will consider the case of Odisha in next round of allocation of coal blocks under due procedure,” Swarup said.
To another query, Swarup said Odisha government would earn about Rs.45,000 crore over a period of 25 to 30 years from the coal blocks located in the state.