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Jumbo trouble in Rairakhol

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.

A Dalit family evicted from their village

Evicted Dalit FamilyA 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.

Evicted Dalit Family Report by SambadSambalpur 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.

 

Mishap occurred in Redhakhol – Naktideul road

mishape occured in Redhakhol - Naktideul roadAnother road mishap occurred,  as the Bolero(OR 02BA 0963) hit the road side tree somewhere in Redhakhol – Naktideul road near chahatapada in sambalpur district. Three person were killed in this mishap and the driver ( named as Dhiren Sahu) was under treatment at VSS Medical College Hospital at Burla. They were all teachers of some institution.

This mishap happened when Minakshi Sahu and her father Ramakanta Sahu,  Ramakanta’s brother Rajanikanta Sahu, and Sridhar Majhi were returning to home after taking admination in +3 science in a college of Angul. Minakshi father Ramakanta Sahu was a retire head master and her uncle Rajanikanta Sahu was a sport teacher in Jagathnath Prasad Pabitra Mohan High School, and Sridhar Majhi was a School Inspecter in Block.

Naktideul police rused to mishap place as soon as they got to know about the accident, including police incharge Rameshchandra pradhan and ASI Rabinarayana Tripathy. Police found dead body of the three teachers and Minakshi as unconcious and injured driver.

Rairakhol MLA Rohit Pujari will be deputy govt chief whip

BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik appointed Rairakhol MLA Rohit Pujari will be deputy government  chief whip in the state assembly.

Earlier Bhograi MLA Anant Das was appointed government chief whip. A formal notification to this effect is likely to be issued soon.

Besides, the names of Mangala Kissan, Bed Prakash Agrawala, Pramila Mallick and Surjya Narayan Patro are doing the rounds for the post of Speaker while either Dr Nrushinga Sahu or Mahesh Sahu is tipped for the post of Deputy Speaker.

Kartika Purnima marred by accidents, deaths

The celebration of the maritime glory of Odisha on the occasion of Kartika Purnima on Wednesday was marred by the death of eight persons in separate road mishaps and a drowning incident in different districts.

A truck rammed into a roadside tree in Sambalpur, killing two men travelling in the truck. The deceased were identified as Sunil Sahu (30) of Jarpada and Pradeep Sahu (24) of Rairakhol, police said. The accident occurred at Rambadmal along the Sambalpur-Cuttack highway when the truck’s driver, Rinku Seth (28), lost control of the vehicle, veering it off the road. A profusely bleeding Seth was rushed to VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla. “His condition was stable,” inspector in-charge of Jujomora police station PK Dash said.