Daily Archives: August 11, 2017

65 persons arrested for torching police station

AT least 65 persons have been arrested by Bargarh Police for their alleged involvement in two separate cases of arson and road blockade on Thursday. On February 19, 48 persons including 20 women had set a police station on fire over death of a boy and subsequently, 17 more persons had staged road blockade over the same issue. All of them were produced in the court of the Additional District Judge and remanded in judicial custody.

A four-year-old boy Piyush Jain went missing mysteriously while playing outside his home at Melchhamunda on February 8. Although his family members searched for him, they could not find Piyush and lodged a missing complaint with Melchhamunda police station. Police had formed a squad to trace the child till his decomposed body was recovered from Kalangadera near Para village under Bijepur police limits in the district on February 18.

Situation flared up on February 19 when the body of the child reached Melchamunda. An irate mob torched the Melchamuda police station and two police vehicles accusing cops of inaction and demanding the arrest of the accused involved in the crime. Later, they resorted to blockade of road connecting Sohela with Padmapur, part of the Biju Expressway at Melchhamunda, holding back the body.

Padampur SDPO, Laxmi Narayan Panda said while the 48 arrested have been charged under section 147/148/395/342/294/353/336/307/506 of IPC besides 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act, 3 PDPP Act, 3 SC/ST Act; the 17 persons arrested for road blockade have been booked under section 143/283/147/149 IPC and 7 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act.

One killed, 50 hurt as bus overturns

IN a fatal accident, one person died and several others were injured when a passenger bus fell down a bridge in Kalahandi district on Wednesday. The incident took place near Thuamul Rampur.

Identity of the deceased is yet to be ascertained. The overcrowded bus was on its way from Bhawanipatna to Gopinathpur and near Thuamul Rampur weekly market, a large number of persons had boarded the vehicle. The accident took place at 4.30 pm when the bus driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a sharp curve on the hilly road and fell down the bridge.

As many as 50 passengers sustained injuries and condition of six of them is critical. While the critically injured patients have been shifted to Bhawanipatna Government Hospital, those with minor injuries are undergoing treatment at Thuamul Rampur Hospital.

Rescue operation was carried out till late in the night by locals and police.Three ambulances were sent to the spot from Bhawanipatna Government Hospital to bring the injured persons to Bhawanipatna. Collector R Manek said the bus was overcrowded which led to the mishap.