Union Minister of State for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan criticised the Odisha government and said the Kalahandi incident has maligned Odisha’s image.
The shocking incident of a poor tribal carrying his wife’s body on his shoulders is a sad reflection of the insensitivity in the state. The incident shows the insensitivity of the state administration towards the people of the state. Both the state and the district administrations should take the matter very seriously and introspect,” Pradhan said.
The Kalahandi BJP unit staged a demonstration before the Bhawanipatna CDMO office protesting the incident. Talking to reporters here, Pradhan said the Chief Minister and the administration appear to be speaking in different voices over such a sensitive issue that has outraged the entire nation.
While CM Naveen Patnaik talks of inquiry and action against those responsible, the administration has been on a cover-up job denying any lapses and insisting that the bereaved Dana Majhi had left the hospital with his wife without informing anyone.
The Union Minister also took a swipe at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for announcing ‘Mahaprayan scheme’’, hearse at every hospital to carry bodies free of cost. The Kalahandi district headquarter hospital did have hearse and ambulances yet Dana Majhi had to carry his wife’s body on his shoulders, he quipped.
Schemes can be announced, but the crux of the matter is to ensure it is implemented across the state effectively, remarked Pradhan.
Meanwhile the Chief District Medical Officer of Kalahandi , Braja Kishore Brahma terminated the contract of a male nurse Rajendra Rana for dereliction of duty in connection with the Dana Majhi case.
Union Minister Pradhan also came down heavily on the state government for the mess in the education sector and caustically remarked that teachers cannot be treated like cab service providers. On the contentious Mahanadi river water dispute between Chhattisgarh and Odisha,he said ,the central government had taken the lead in mediation between the two states and Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati has invited Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for talks on any date convenient to him between 10 to 20 September.
A fact-finding team of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) comprising five members visited Dana Majhi’s village Melghara on Saturday.
The members are Dabugaon MLA Bhujmal Majhi, OPCC vice-president Sadan Naik, Congress ST cell chairman Pradeep Majhi, OPCC secretary Hasan Khan and former MLA Gobardhan Das.
While the family of the deceased woman Amang Dei was supposed to perform third day rituals (Dibi Utha) according to tribal tradition on Friday, Thuamal Rampur BDO took Dana and his 12-year-old daughter and presented them before the sub-collector for inquiry, a member of the team told a news conference.
Criticizing the district administration, Pradeep said instead of visiting Dana’s village, the district officials brought him to the sub-collector’s office.
After interacting with Dana, Pradeep said he did not get proper response from the hospital authorities regarding an ambulance which forced him to walk up to 10 km with his wife’s body.. For Dana’s sufferings, the team held responsible to all the hospital staff as well as the administration.
After seeing Dana’s sufferings, senior Congress leader Bhakta Charan Das has decided to organize a padayatra of workers on Sunday from Melghara to Bhawanipatna.
IN a major breakthrough, Sambalpur police on Thursday busted a land mafia gang who were also involved in tender fixing and illegal transportation of materials. Six members of the gang were arrested.
Police have also seized firearms from them. The arrested are Sanjeeb Khandelwal (28), Ananda Nath (32), Md Sarif (39), Saddam Hussain (25), Kunjabihari Kumbhar (27) and Sk Mujibuddin. Sambalpur SP Akhilesvar Singh said all the six have criminal antecedents. They were into tender fixing, transportation and shady land dealings.
They were mainly operating in the industrial pockets of Sambalpur and Jharsuguda districts. Apart from this, the accused were also involved in extortion, Singh added.
Acting on a tip-off on illegal possession of firearms by the gang, Sambalpur police formed separate teams to nab the accused.
The teams raided several areas and arrested them from different parts of the town. “At least eight persons of the gang are still at large. Efforts are on to nab them soon,” Singh said.
The criminals had procured the firearms from Bihar. Police have also identified the agents who had supplied firearms to the criminals, Singh added. Six separate cases have been registered in the Town, Dhanuapali and Sadar police stations here and the accused have been forwarded to court. Earlier on February 1, at least 12 persons, including Sambalpur BSP MLA candidate in the last Assembly election Mohammad Mustukin, were arrested by Sambalpur police for illegal possession of firearms.
Four days after the stabbing of the Superintendent of Sambalpur Jail, the Dhanupali police today arrested three accused.
The arrested have been identified as Ajay Singh alias Badamundia, Krushna Chandra Majhi alias Raja and Nilakantha Nanda alias Daktar.
Giving details to the media persons, IIC of Dhanupali Police Station Prakash James Toppo, the three accused, who have criminal antecedents, had planned to kill Sambalpur Jail Superintendent Brahmananda Sahu as per the instruction of Sonu Ghosh and Sujit Karna, the two murder accused, who are presently lodged in Sambalpur Jail.
He said the plan to kill Sahu was hatched while Ajay Singh was in the jail. “Before the release of Ajay from the jail, Sonu and Sujit had promised him that they would give him and his associates Rs 10,000 and a mobile phone each after they kill the Jail Superintendent and the Jail Warder,” the IIC informed.
On tomorrow 5th August, the first flood water of this season would be released from Hirakud Dam, informed by the Dam’s chief engineer Harmohan Pradhan.
The floodwaters would be released through seven gates between 10 am and 12.30 pm on that day. Water would be released through some sluice gates as rains continue to occur in upper catchment area in Chhattisgarh swelling the reservoir. According to norms, water is released from the Hirakud reservoir when the water level goes above 610 foot. The current water level in Hirakud Dam is 611.47 ft., as the maximum holding capacity of the reservoir is 630 feet.
The district Collectors of Sambalpur, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Angul, Boudh, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Khordha, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur and Puri have been asked to be on alert ahead of the release of floodwaters.