Bus accident in sambalpur

4 Killed, 32 Injured As Bus Skids Off Bridge In Sambalpur

Four persons were killed and 32 others injured after a bus they were travelling in skidded off a bridge near Goudapalli village in Sambalpur district last night.

As per sources, the ‘Maa Vaishnodevi’ bus was on its way to Rairangpur from Sambalpur when the driver reportedly lost control of the bus and it fell off the bridge.

Locals, police personnel and fire brigade reached at the spot immediately and started rescue operations in presence of Sambalpur Collector, SP and Tehsildar.

The rescue operations went on for nearly four hours after which the injured were rushed to Sambalpur District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) and Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla.

The deceased were identified as Ranjan Meher from Bijepur, Gopalchandra Mahant from Keonjhar, Saroj Routray from Puri and Dilip Sahu from Keonjhar. The death toll is likely to increase as many of the injured were in critical conditions.

Sambalpur Collector, SP and Tehsildar also visited the hospitals to check health status of the injured passengers.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for kin of those killed in the accident. He also announced free medical checkup for the injured passengers.

Dawn-to-dusk shutdown in Odisha after Kunduli gang rape victim commits suicide

Dawn-to-dusk shutdown in Odisha after Kunduli gang rape victim commits suicideNormal life was hit across Odisha today due to a dawn-to-dusk shutdown called separately by the Congress and the BJP to seek justice for a 14-year-old tribal girl who committed suicide after alleging rape by four men in uniform three months ago.

Shops, business establishments, markets, offices, banks and financial institutions remained shut, while vehicular movement came to a grinding halt across the state during the shutdown, police said.

Many trains were stopped at different places including Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, and Bhadrak as strike supporters staged rail roko leaving a large number of passengers stranded.

Roads wore a deserted look all over and buses also stayed off roads fearing violence.

Schools and colleges across the state remained closed for the safety of students, while examinations scheduled for the day would be shifted to a suitable date, officials said.

 

The impact of the bandh was also felt in Cuttack, Puri, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, Rourkela, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Koraput.

After the tribal girl ended her life on Monday, Congress called for dawn-to-dusk state-wide bandh, while BJP is observing a 12-hour strike from 6 am demanding a CBI probe into the whole episode and action against culprits.

Congress also demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the moral ground following the suicide of the girl.

Senior BJP leaders including Surama Padhi and Pratap Sarangi also blamed the chief minister for the tragedy and said the stir over the issue would be intensified.

Speed trial on Godbhaga-Debahal new double railway line

Speed trial on Godbhaga-Debahal new double railway lineToday 23rd Jan 2018, the speed trial on the new double railway lines between Godbhaga-Debahal station of sambalpur  division will be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway safety,  Pramod Kumar Achary in betweeen 9AM to 5PM.

Its a request from railway to the general public that not go near or cross the railway line on the specified time.

Kalahandi acid attack: Main accused arrested from Andhra Pradesh

In a major breakthrough, police on Sunday nabbed the main accused involved in the acid attack on a 22-year-old girl in Kalampur under Jaipatana police in Kalahandi district on January 15th.

The accused identified as Parshuram Majhi of Bankapada village was arrested by a police team from neighboring Andhra Pradesh.

According to sources, a police team which had gone to Rangareddy district on Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, managed to nab Majhi on Sunday. The accused would be brought to Odisha on transit remand. Parshuram has several other cases pending against him, said police.

Notably, the jilted youth threw acid on the girl after she rejected his love proposal. She was first rushed to Kalampur CHC with burn injuries on her face and hands and then shifted to the District Hospital and subsequently to SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack.

Sambalpur Muthoot Finance robbery: 6 dacoits nabbed from Bihar

In a major breakthrough, Sambalpur police on Sunday arrested six dacoits from Bihar involved in the broad daylight loot from Budharaja Muthoot Finance company in Sambalpur last month.

The dacoits were arrested from Patna after a joint operation by Odisha police and Bihar Special Task Force (STF) with seizure of 15 kg gold from their possession, informed Sambalpur SP Sanjeev Arora.

According to police, after getting information about the presence of some members of the dacoit gang in Patna, Bihar STF and Sambalpur police team had conducted a raid on the hideout.

During the raid, the dacoits opened fire at police following which police triggered gun in retaliation.

Notably, the accused had looted cash and valuables from office of Muthoot Finance at Budharaja under Ainthapali police limits on December 28 in Sambalpur town and decamped with Rs 6 lakh and gold ornaments.

While nearly 15 kg of gold ornaments, pistols and other weapons have been seized from the dacoity gang, police are conducting further investigation in connection with the incident.