In a highest achievement in respect of Aluminium wire theft, Bargarh Town Police has recovered stolen property worth Rs. 3 lakh. On September 10, 2014 at around 8 am, on getting reliable information regarding transportation of All Aluminium Conductor in a pickup van bearing No. OR17G-1026 TATA AC from Bhatli side towards Bargarh town via Village Sanya, the Inspector-in-Charge along with Police Station staffs R.P. Sahu, ASI B.D. Seth and others watched the same vehicle at Haldipali Chhakof Bargarh.
Later Police raiding the party stopped the vehicle at the spot. On verification of the pickup van, 10 quintals of Aluminium Conductor, cutter, hammer, etc. were found from the trolley of the pickup van which was seized with the vehicle and 3 accused persons namely Jahid Hussain (20) of the back side of Rotary Public School Bargarh, Ranjit Dehury (27) of Kaindor, P.S. Redhakhol, Sambalpur district and Anta Bhoi (19) of village Balaikanta, P.S. Charmal, Sambalpur district were nabbed from the spot where whereas another accused Md. Kayum Khan (35) of Redhakhol, Sambalpur district who is the king pin of this managed to escape from the spot. Another co-accused Sanjeev Guru of village Khajuria under Bhatil P.S. was also arrested in this case.
During interrogation, the accused persons admitted to have committed theft of the seized articles of aluminium conductor from Bhatli fidder (weekly market yard) and were proceeding towards Bargarh town to sell it in the aluminium factory of Bargarh town. In this connetion one Sunil Kumar Agrawal (the owner of aluminium factory, Bargarh) has been detained for interrogation. It was ascertained that the absconding accused Kayum Khan is involved in many cases of Sambalpur district. This is under investigation.
Sudarsan Meher of Sambalpur got his son on Saturday. He was rescued by Uttar Pradesh (UP) police from the house of Jaiprakash Jatt at Dhanoura in the northern state. Police said Manoj Meher, 24, was working for Jatt, who had kept him in captivity.
Police sources said Manoj, eldest son of Sudarsan, of Remed, on the outskirts of town, was working in Goa for some time. He had come to Sambalpur during Nuakhai in 2011. Since then there was no news about him. “In July, I received a letter from a friend of my son that he was kept in confinement in UP,” Sudarsan told TOI over phone from Dhanoura police station.
After receiving the latter, I approached Sambalpur collector and police, he said. A news item was published in Times of India on August 30. Sudarsan said he decided to withdraw a police complaint against Jaiprakash after he agreed to pay all pending dues of his son.
“I spoke to the collector and SP of Amroha district and requested them to trace the missing youth. I am happy that he has been rescued,” said collector (Sambalpur) Balwant Singh.
Deputy commissioner of police, Dhanauri, Mahesh Singh said police took prompt action and rescued the boy.
The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) is in a fix over disposing biomedical waste of private hospitals in Berhampur and Burla.
Last month, the state government asked MKCG Medical College and Hospital and VSS Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur and Burla respectively not to receive waste from private hospital for disposal in their incinerators (a heat chamber, where waste are burnt).
According to OSPCB, an arrangement between government and private hospitals was made to ensure that the waste generated by the latter can be disposed of. “We asked MKCG and VSS authorities to allow private hospitals to dispose of their waste in the government incinerators, which can accommodate more than 500 kg a day. This arrangement also reduced burned on the government institutions as the private hospitals were asked to share maintenance cost of the incinerators,” said OSPCB senior scientist D K Behera.
While the MKCG generates about 200 kg waste a day, VSS generates 300 kg. “The government move will compel private hospitals to follow the traditional method of disposing waste by digging deep pits,” he said. An incinerator costs around Rs 30 lakh and it is not feasible for private hospitals, generating less than 50 kg waste a day, to buy one, he added.
VSS superintendent L K Dash said the government took the decision as the incinerator at the hospital could not take too much load.
A survey conducted by OSPCB, in the third week of July, revealed SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack was not segregating biomedical waste despite several reminders.
SCB superintendent P K Rath told TOI that the incinerator had developed some technical snag.
Sambalpur administration has identified two locations for the Indian Institute of Management. Collector Balwant Singh said an area near Goshala along NH-6 and another along NH-53, each measuring more than 230 acres of land, have been identified for setting up of the country’s top B school. He has sent a report on the land details to the Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO).
Former MP Ballav Panigrahi in a letter to the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday urged the Government to set up IIM in Sambalpur in wake of availability of land, good communication facilities and the town’s proximity to other urban centers. Maintaining that Bhubaneswar and Cuttack already have a number of prestigious national-level institutions, he wrote that Sambalpur should now be given the benefit of an IIM.
The IDCO, State Government’s nodal land acquisition agency, had asked the collectors of Sambalpur, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Ganjam to identify the land for the purpose.
On Wednesday, it also directed collectors of Sundargarh and Koraput to identify land.
A herd of 28 elephants have wreaked havoc in Rairakhol in Sambalpur district since last 10 days. The animals have entered Kholgarh, Henteri, Badhindol, Charmal, Dhanrakhaman, Laiza, Taal and Luhapank villages and destroyed paddy and houses.
Forest department sources said at least two houses have been completely damaged by the elephants in Taal and Luhapank villages because the pachyderms entered the house in search of food. “We are spending sleepless nights because we never know when the elephants would come and destroy our houses” said Dasrathi Pradhan, a resident of Taal.
“We have tried different methods to drive the heard away but it is a difficult task because they come during the night,” he said, adding the damages are more because the animals move in the crop fields.
Forest staffs are also finding it difficult to drive the animals away. “They are migratory animals and keep moving from one place to another. Our squads track their movement and alert people about them,” said forest ranger (Rairkhol) Pradeep Kumar Sethi.
He said the elephants come to Rairkhol division in search of food as they do not get enough inside the jungle. “One elephant needs at least one and half quintals of food every day,” he said.
The demand for setting up Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Sambalpur is gaining momentum after the Centre asked the State Government to suggest three suitable locations for the purpose.
The missive from the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has charged up politicians, intellectuals, pressure groups and voluntary organisation of the district.
On Saturday, a delegation comprising Sambalpur MP Nagendra Pradhan, Sambalpur MLA Raseswari Panigrahi, Deputy Chief Whip and Rairakhol MLA Rohit Pujari and Rengali MLA Ramesh Patua called on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Bhubaneswar and requested him to consider Sambalpur as a location for establishment of the premier management institute.
They told the Chief Minister that Sambalpur has the requisite infrastructure and facilities including temporary place to run IIM besides upcoming airport at Jharsuguda. The Chief Minister assured the delegation of looking into the matter.
On Friday, a BJD delegation led by State Secretary of Biju Yuva Janata Dal Sanjit Mohanty submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister at Bhubaneswar requesting him for establishment of proposed IIM in Sambalpur.
The memorandum stated that though Sambalpur is considered an important hub of Western Odisha, the district is yet to have any national level institute.
It also stated that while all other cities of the State including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Rourkela have been endowed with national institutes, Sambalpur has been neglected in this regard.
Meanwhile, Hirakhand Nagarik Parishad, a pressure group of Sambalpur town resolved on Friday to send a delegation comprising intellectuals and eminent citizens of Sambalpur to meet Prime Minister, Chief Minister and Chief Secretary of Odisha shortly.Members of Utkantha, a voluntary organisation met Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at Sambalpur railway station on Thursday while he was on his way to Bhubaneswar from Ranchi and pressed the demand for setting up the IIM at Sambalpur.
Earlier, former State BJP president Suresh Pujari had called on Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani to raise the demand. While Pujari is confident that his demand will get priority, the fact that the Government has to provide 200 acres of land for the institute will give it an upper hand over any political consideration.
A dalit family of Tantagarh village, under Rairakhol subdivision of Sambalpur, has been allegedly driven away by upper caste people.
The victim, Kandarpa Sethi said, his wife and three children were attacked by the upper caste people at their home on 7th of August under Rairakhol police station area . Since then, they are spending their days under the open sky. On Friday, Sethi met the Sambalpur collector and lodged a complaint.
“Since I constructed a house on a government plot, some upper caste people of the village asked me to vacate the land. But when I refused, they forcefully drove me out of my village and destroyed my house. I registered a case with local police, but no action was taken,” Sethi said on Friday. He added that the same group of people also threatened to kill every one of his family if they returned to the village in future.
Sambalpur collector Balawant Singh said, “I have asked the Tahasildar to do a spot inquiry. I will initiate action against the accused once I get the report. We will support the family as per government guidelines. Police have been directed to provide security to the family.”
Rairakhol police have registered a case against eight villagers, namely Judhistir Swain, Chintamani Sahu, Balaram Sahu, Ramesh Pradhan, Arjun Pradhan, Murali Hota, Krushna Hota and Govind Hota based on Sethi’s complaint. “All the accused are absconding,” SDPO (Rairakhol) A Routray said.