Sambalpur police has requested the Enforcement Directorate (ED), New Delhi to inquire into the seizure of Rs 1.43 crore from a car. Informing this to mediapersons, Sambalpur SP Akhileswar Singh said a copy of the FIR and details of cash seizure have been sent to the Enforcement Directorate, New Delhi.
He also revealed that a team of Sambalpur police has been sent to Bhubaneswar to gather information from Reserve Bank of India (RBI) about the seized currencies. They will try to ascertain the bank to which the new notes were issued for disbursal.
According to police, of the total cash seized, Rs 85.62 lakh was in new currency of Rs 2,000 and Rs 5,00 denominations while Rs 25.29 lakh was in old currencies of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations besides notes of smaller denominations. Moreover, the new Rs 2,000 notes totaled Rs six lakh and the bundles were of same series making it clear that it was issued from one bank.
The SBI has suspended its PRO Rashmi Ranjan Rout, the prime accused in the case. Country liquor baron Zeyarat Ali had confessed that Rout had helped in exchanging old currencies of Rs 45 lakh with new currency against payment of commission. The six others arrested include Zeyarat’s three sons.
Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate officials stated that they are examining the request.
Police on Monday had fast-tracked the investigation to trace the origin of the new currency. A team of police officials visited the main branch of SBI here and began investigation. They met the Chief Manager of the branch Aswini Kumar Das and also decided to request the RBI to obtain details of seized new currency based on the serial number of notes to track down the originating bank.
The Income Tax department too has also been informed about the seizure to pursue the source of income and tax angle, said the SP. It is leant that Zeyarat Ali operates many country liquor brewing units and foreign liquor shops across the region and also holds the power of attorney of many country liquor brewing units.
Odisha’s chief minister Naveen Patnaik said on Wednesday that the State government is keen to bring tribal districts on par with other developed districts in Odisha.
Addressing a gathering at Bhangabari in Bhawanipatna, Patnaik said the government is sincerely working for the development of the back ward regions and deprived class in the State. “We have launched a series of developmental programmes and schemes for these regions and appealed the Centre for special funding for tribal pockets,” he said.
Pattnaik laid foundation stone for the Government Medical College at Bhangabari in Bhawanipatna besides several other projects in Kalahandi district. He expressed his pleasure on Vedanta foundation extending financial support for setting up the infrastructure for the Medical College. The work is expected to be completed by 2018.
The chief minister also inaugurated augmentation of water supply from Hati River to Bhawanipatna which would benefit a population of 80,000, 33 KV Grid Substation near Kusa Dangri of Bhawanipatna, additional work shop of government-run IIT at Bhawanipatna, three mini stadiums at Kesinga, Dasigaon of Junagarh block and Utkella of Kesinga block.
He also inaugurated two hostels at Parmanandpur and Kusurla aimed at providing vocational training to the girls and laid foundation stone for 300-seat boys’ and girls’ hostel building of Bhawanipatna (Autonomous) College, new town hall of Bhawanipatna along with 26 lift irrigation projects in Narla, Madanpur Rampur and Karlamunda blocks.
Pattnaik also flagged off mobile health unit and innovative auto-rickshaw ambulances.
The chief minister was accompanied by finance minister Pradip Kumar Amat, urban development minister Puspendra Singh Deo, Loksabha MP Arka Kesari Deo and all MLAs of the district.
Earlier today a massive congregation of Self Help Groups (SHGs) of the district was held at Bhangabari before the arrival of the chief minister.
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With nobody coming forward to lend a helping hand, four daughters were forced to carry the body of their mother on their head to cremation ground in the Dokripada village of the district’s Golamunda block on Saturday. According reports from the district, Kanak Satpathy, a 75-year-old woman, died after prolonged illness on Friday night.
Following the death, four of her daughters pleaded with their neighbours to help them in performing their mother’s last rites, but to no avail.
After waiting for hours, when the daughters saw no help forthcoming, they placed the body of their mother on a woven cot and started marching towards the cremation ground.
With no wood for the funeral pyre, they dismantled the roof of their house for the wood required for the cremation.
Of the four daughters, two are widows and two have been deserted by their husbands. As they did not have any source of living, they begged for food in order to survive.
In a bid to check preparedness of railway staff in case of train accidents, a mock drill exercise was conducted by Sambalpur Railway Division at Lapanga Railway Stationon Friday.
Various rescue, fire fighting and passenger techniques were demonstrated in the drill to prevent loss of life during railway accidents. The drill was carried out with participation of Police, ODRAF, NDRF, local hospitals and NGOs.
Besides, the fire personnel also demonstrated the various modes of rescue operations during fire accidents.