The ragged case of Sri Chaitanya college take new turn

Sri Chaitanya college ragged case take new turn. The investigation into the mysterious death of Shreyas Kesharwani, an Intermediate student of a corporate college in Visakhapatnam, took a turn, as the post-mortem report revealed some critical elements that increase the suspicion that he suffered injuries that might have eventually led to his death. Death due to severe pressure on chest.

Shreyas KesharwaniShreyas (16) reportedly sustained injuries in the hostel in the college after allegedly being beaten up by three or four other inmates, had died while undergoing treatment in Rourkela, on January 6.

After public outrage in Sambalpur, a case was registered at the Govindpur police station and the ragged case was later handed over to the PM Palem police in Visakahpatnam for investigation.

A team from PM Palem Police led by Inspector M. Lakshmana had left for Bhubaneswar on Thursday to investigate the case and as per sources the team was told about the initial findings in the autopsy.

It is learnt that the post-mortem report has revealed that the main cause of death was ‘severe pressure’ on the chest. As per the police, the report suggested that there was contusion (bruises) in the heart, pulmonary effusion and blood clot inside lungs.

Going by the report and from years of experience that we have, it suggests that the boy was injured. But how he sustained the injuries is what we have to investigate. It is too early to speculate anything, said a senior police officer in Visakhapatnam.

Shreyas, son of Shailesh Kesharwani of Garposh under Bamara block in Sambalpur district, died while undergoing treatment. He was taken away by his parents, after they received a call that he was sick.

It is learnt that in the dying statement to his parents, he had mentioned that he was ragged and beaten up by three to four students.

After receiving the FIR copy from the Govindpur Police station in Odisha, the PM Palem police had taken up the investigation.

The police had questioned the students who were named by Shreyas, but they pleaded innocence and said Shreyas had slipped in the bathroom and sustained injuries.

Forestry project launched in Sambalpur

Banayana, the second phase of Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project (OFSDP), was launched in Sambalpur Forest Division on Wednesday.

The objective of the project is to enhance the forest ecosystem along with supporting sustainable livelihood improvement of people residing in forest fringes with the help of Vana Surakshya Samitis (VSS).
The project will be implemented in about 100 revenue villages located on fringes of forests under Sadar, Padiabahal, Dhama and Rengali forest ranges under the division.

Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Sambalpur Sanjeet Kumar said a total of 100 VSS will be involved for implementation of the project. This apart, 300 women SHGs will also be engaged in enhancing their income through different activities.

He informed that experts of livelihood and Geographical Information System (GIS) have already been appointed at the forest division office for proper planning. Similarly, livelihood experts have also been posted at forest range offices under the division.

Besides, a partner NGO has been engaged for door-to-door socio-economic survey in the project area. After completion of the survey, micro plan for each VSS will be prepared to address forestry and livelihood issues at village level, Kumar said.

The duration of the project is 10 years with the current fiscal being the preparatory year. Banayana will be implemented in 12 forest divisions including Sambalpur. The project is being implemented in the State with loan assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Earlier, the phase 1 of OFSDP was implemented between 2006 and 2015 with the twin objectives of restoration of degraded forests and livelihood improvement of forest dependent community.
The project was launched here in presence of Regional Chief Conservator of Forests, Sambalpur Circle OP Singh, Chief Conservator of Forests, Sambalpur (Kendu Leaf) Circle Ramesh Sethy and Sambalpur Collector Samarth Verma.

Police lathicharge 108 ambulance workers in Sambalpur

Police resorted to lathicharge against 108 ambulance workers agitating in front of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) office in Sambalpur demanding unconditional release of the 358 staff arrested under Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA).

The agitating ambulance staff also reiterated their demand for removal of private agencies engaged in the operation of ambulance services.

All the 108 ambulance staff from 27 districts had gathered here to protest against the arrest of their colleagues. They are threatening to continue their agitation till their demands are met, informed sources.

Sambalpur ASP Amarendra Rana informed that the police had tried to reason with the agitating ambulance staff but as the latter started pelting stones, police had to take immediate action against them. Two police personnel and one agitator were injured during the clash.

Nearly eight to nine agitators have been detained by the police, Earlier on January 5, police had booked 358 ambulance staff, who were staging a dharna in front of the RDC office since December 20.

BJP to protest Bijepur firing in 30 dists

The BJP will launch a State-wide agitation on Tuesday to protest the firing at the house of party activist at Padagaon in Bijepur. This was decided at an emergent meeting of the party chaired by party president Basanta Panda. Accusing ruling BJD of trying to instill fear in the minds of people in the constituency ahead of the byelection, the BJP said it will not be cowed down by violent activities spons o red by the St a t e Government.

“As many as 14 BJP workers have been killed by the ruling party activists in the last three and half years and the Odisha Police have done nothing to arrest the criminals involved in those murder cases. The firing incident in Bijepur is a well thought out plan of BJD to silence BJP workers. The BJP will fight it out democratically by taking up the issue to the people,” State BJP general secretary Bhrugu Baxipatra told reporters after the meeting. National BJP general secretary Arun Singh, who is here on a twoday visit, said the Bijepur incident is the panic reaction of the ruling party which is fast losing it popularity.

“Fearing defeat in the Bijepur bypoll which will be announced anytime soon, the BJD has resorted to violence. The ruling party had resorted to similar violent activities during the election to the three-tier panchayati raj election in the State last year,” Singh said on his arrival here. Baxipatra said attack on BJP leaders visiting Bargarh district has become a common feature. Union Ministers Santosh Gangwar and Niranjan Jyoti and former chief minister of Jharkhand Arjun Munda were attacked during their visit to Bargarh districts.

The party has decided to take the issue to the people by staging demonstration in all the district headquarters of the State on Tuesday to protest Bijepur firing. A delegation of the BJP led by Panda also submitted a memorandum to Additional Chief Secretary Home Asit Tripathy demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the firing and protection to Manoranjan Meher whose house was attacked.

Vizag cops begin probe as ragging death sparks fury in Sambalpur

Shreyas Ragging Death sambalpurWith Sambalpur seething in rage over the death of 16-year-old Shreyas Kesharwani allegedly due to ragging, Visakhapatnam police have already started an inquiry after their Sambalpur counterpart established contact with them.

While parents of Shreyas have accused three students of ragging and charged the management of Sri Chaitanya Junior College at Marikavalasa with negligence, Pothina Mallayya (PM) Palem Police in Visakhapatnam said it would examine the video in which Shreyas had apparently named the students who had assaulted him. PM Palem Inspector K Lakshmana Murthy said Shreyas had informed Lakshmana Rao, vice-principal of Sri Chaitanya Junior College at Marikavalasa, about severe body pains after “slipping in the bathroom”. He was soon taken to a hospital and his parents were informed about the matter.

“Odisha police say the parents of the student recorded a video before his death in which he has named the students who thrashed him. He has also blamed the management of negligence and said he had informed school authorities about his injuries,” Murthy explained. The inspector said the Vice-Principal ruled out the possibility of a fight between students and claimed Shreyas had approached him saying he had fallen down. Besides, all the three students against whom Shreyas had complained are on vacation, he said. “The video recording needs to be checked. Postmortem report will be crucial,” added Murthy.

Sambalpur SP Sanjiv Arora said a police team from Sambalpur is on its way to hand over the case to its Visakhapatnam counterpart. He has also written to his counterpart on the matter.Shreyas was allegedly thrashed by a few students of the college. He left for home in Garposh of Odisha citing ill health on December 29, but succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Bhubaneswar on January 6.

The boy’s death sparked protests in his hometown after his family held the college management responsible for his death as it could not prevent ragging. Irate locals blocked Bamra-Garposh road demanding action against the school management and the students who ragged the deceased. The demonstrators also staged a rail-roko at Garposh Railway Station to express their protest.

On December 29, Shreyas’s father Shailesh Kesharwani moved him to Odisha after a medical check-up. A few days later, the 16-year-old complained of severe pain in his chest and limbs. He was rushed to Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela and shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on January 5 after his condition deteriorated. However, he succumbed while undergoing treatment in the hospital on Saturday.
In-charge Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Kuchinda in Sambalpur Amitav Panda said the victim’s family had registered a complaint with the police against three students of the school.