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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.

Tribal Woman gives birth in drain after doctor refuse admission

Denied hospital admission Odisha woman gives birth in drainaThe Tribal woman was visiting her  ailing husband in the hospital when she went into labor pain. The doctors allegedly refused to check her due to lack of documents.

In a distressing case of hospital apathy, a woman delivered in a drain next to the hospital that denied her admission over lack of documents.

The doctors allegedly refused to admit the woman in labour after they discovered that she did not have the right documents with her needed for the same.

Reports say that the woman did go the hospital for delivery but only to visit her ailing husband, during which she went into labor.

Congress and BJD fan pet issues

Stepping up its attack on the BJD, a poll-bound Congress today organised three rallies in the undivided Koraput district, an old party bastion with a sizeable chunk of tribal population.

Addressing big gatherings at Malkangiri and Jeypore, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Jaydev Jena and All-India Congress Committee-appointed in-charge of state party affairs B.K. Hariprasad, lashed out at the Naveen Patnaik government for trying to usurp central schemes such as cheap rice while failing to develop the state, which was labelled as the poorest in the country by the Raghuram Rajan committee.

“He has been making allegations against the Centre accusing it of neglecting Odisha. The truth is that he has failed miserably to make use of central schemes while trying to take undue credit for some of them such as subsidised rice,” said Hariprasad, addressing the rally at Malkangiri where the party has taken up the cause of tribals being branded as Maoists by the police.

“Not only are the tribal people suffering under this regime, the farmers, too, are committing suicide. The Centre, on the other hand, has been extremely generous to the state giving it a central university at Koraput and setting up the state-of-the-art Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Bhubaneswar,” said Hariprasad.

The tone and tenor of the Congress leaders did not change at Rayagada where Jena tore into Naveen accusing him of depriving the poor tribal people of their full quota of the subsidised rice allotted by the Centre. The party MLA from Bisam Cuttack, Dambrudhar Ulaka, trotted out figures to substantiate the charge made by his party chief.

The meeting at Rayagada, however, was marred by the heckling of Hema Gamang, wife of former chief minister, Giridhar Gamang and an aspirant for the party ticket from Gunpur Assembly constituency, by the supporters of Ramanaguda block chairman Purushottam Gamang.

With the disturbance exposing the growing factionalism within the party, Jena warned the hecklers against breaking discipline. “We are not going to tolerate such behaviour,” he said.

The other embarrassment for the party, of late, has been the queer behaviour of veteran Bhupinder Singh, who has made himself incommunicado amidst speculation that he might quit and join the BJD. Both Jena and Hariprasad refused to comment on speculations with regard to Bhupinder’s future saying the leader of Opposition was unwell and unreachable at the moment.

In yet another development, Arya Gyanendra, an All-India Congress Committee member and a known opponent of Jena, lashed out at the state party leadership for ignoring sincere leaders while selecting candidates for Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections. He said he would stay away from party programmes for a year as a mark of protest.

The party, on the other hand, sought to extract the maximum political mileage out of its Malkangiri rally accusing the district police of preventing supporters from reaching the meeting venue. It has called a shutdown in the district tomorrow to protest alleged police atrocities against its supporters today.

The Congress is keen to retain its hold on undivided Koraput district where it has four sitting MLAs and a Lok Sabha MP, who is its trump card as far as mobilising tribal support is concerned. Sources said Nabarangpur MP Pradeep Majhi, a livewire, has been trying all the tricks in the bag to win over the tribals of the area who appear to be upset with the police for engaging in a witch-hunt against them.

The BJD hit back at the Congress with a sit-in before the Raj Bhavan here today to ramp up its protest against the Centre’s continued refusal to grant Odisha the special category state status while according the same to the yet-to-be-born, Seemandhra.

The ruling party, which is organising a state-wide agitation on the issue, has planned a major show of strength with three rallies at Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Sambalpur on March 5, the birth anniversary of Biju Patnaik, which is celebrated as ‘panchayati raj divas’.

‘Maoist’ threat in parcel

The Koraput sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) on Tuesday received a parcel through speed post, which contained a Maoist letter written in Odia, two bullets and a detonator.

The letter accused SDJM Debasish Panda of harassing people by rejecting their bail pleas. “Leave the place immediately or you will be punished at the Praja Court,” the hand-written letter said. The sender identified himself as D Kameswar Rao, a resident of Raniguda Farm in Rayagada town. It was booked from the post office of Rail Mail Service (RMS) in the town.

Police, however, suspected it could be the handiwork of some prankster who wanted to create panic. The two bullets were dead and the detonator was an old rusty one, they said.

“A case has been registered and investigation is on,” Koraput SP Awinash Kumar said.

“We have sought the help of Rayagada police to verify the sender’s address. Everything will be clear once we complete our investigation,” he added.

Meanwhile, postal officials in the district said it was impossible to verify the content of parcels as they had no scanning gadgets. “We can’t always ask a customer to divulge what is inside the parcel. It is also very easy to write down a fake address. We have no mechanism to verify them,” assistant superintendent of posts (Jeypore division) B C Padhi said.

On January 13, 2012, state election commissioner Ajit Tripathy had received a parcel with a fuse. Barely seven days after that, the chief secretary’s office got a parcel with detonators.

Naveen Patnaik asks home secretary, DGP to rush to Maoist-hit Koraput

Naveen Patnaik asked the home secretary and director general of police (DGP) to rush to Koraput district and take stock of the situation in the southern region of the state.

Patnaik issued this direction while presiding over a high level review meeting on Tuesday’s landmine blast where at least four BSF jawans were killed and three others sustained injuries.

“The Chief Minister asked the two senior officials to go to Koraput and report him about the prevailing situation in there,” a senior official said.

Besides, home secretary Vipin Kumar Saxena and DGP Prakash Mishra, the director of intelligence and inspector general (operation) attended the meeting.

They have already visited the blast spot at Raleguda under Pottangi police station where a vehicle carrying BSF jawans was ambushed by the Maoists, the official said.

While asking the state police to gear up combing operation in affected areas of Koraput district, sources said, Patnaik also directed senior officials to have better coordination with paramilitary forces.

At least five battalions of BSF jawans have been deployed in Odisha’s Maoist-hit Koraput and Malkangiri districts.

Besides BSF, Central Reserve Police Force ( CRPF) jawans and Odisha’s elite anti-naxal Special Operation Group (SOG) force have been deployed in anti-Maoist operation in the state.