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Five members of family jump in front of train

IN a heart-wrenching incident, five members of a family, including a couple and their three daughters, committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train near Sambalpur Road railway station on Tuesday night. The Government Railway Police (GRP), Sambalpur, recovered the bodies on Wednesday morning and sent those for autopsy to VSS Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Burla.

The deceased have been identified as Dharanidhar Panda (50), his wife Sangita Panda (45) and their three daughters __ Ananya Panda (16), Aparajita Panda (14) and three-and-a-half-year-old Siddhi Panda of Jagannath Colony here.

Dharanidhar was a native of Burda village under Bheden block in Bargarh district.Dharanidhar, working as a music teacher in a private school, had been staying in the city with his family for the last 15 years. For the last six months, the family had been staying in a rented house at Jagannath Colony under Ainthapali police limits.

Reports said the loco pilot of Jharsuguda-Sambalpur DMU train informed the Station Master of Sambalpur railway station on Tuesday night that three females jumped in front of the moving train. Subsequently, GRP, Sambalpur, was alerted. The GRP personnel rushed to the spot and found that five members of a family had committed suicide.

Inspector-in-Charge of GRP station, Sambalpur, Chintamani Pradhan said from preliminary investigation it has been ascertained that financial crisis and loan burden drove the family to take the extreme step. Police recovered mobile phones, ATM cards, PAN cards and a bag from the spot.

Dharanidhar’s brother Somnath Panda termed the incident as painful and added that the reason behind the extreme step can be ascertained after police inquiry. Dharanidhar was a friendly person, Somnath said.

Suspecting financial crisis as the reason behind the drastic step, Prasanna Gartia, the owner of the house where the family was residing, said Dharanidhar was under mental agony as many people, from whom he had borrowed money, were coming to his house frequently seeking repayment.

Five bodies found on railway tracks, police suspect mass suicide

Mutilated bodies of music teacher Dharanidhar Panda, his wife Sangeeta Panda and their three daughters, in the age group of 13-20, were spotted by driver of a train at Sarala junction near Sambalpur town.

Inspector of Sambalpur Government Railway Police G Dungdung said preliminary investigation indicates it’s a case of mass suicide. “We recovered five bodies of four female and one male. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem,” he said.

It was, however, not immediately known whether the family was under any kind of stress to take the extreme step.

Panda worked as a music teacher in a local school. The school was closed for the day following his death as a mark of respect. Colleagues and students remembered Panda as a kind human being and sincere. “He had come to school yesterday (Tuesday) and left in the afternoon. There was no trace of anxiety or depression on his face,” said a colleague.

Expressing shock over the incident, Sambalpur MLA Raseswari Panigrahi demanded a proper probe into the incident to unearth the truth.

Sambalpur RIs threaten pen down strike

Odisha State Revenue Field Officers’ Association, on Sunday, threatened a pen down strike at all the Revenue Inspector offices in Sambalpur district protesting delay in arresting the woman lawyer who allegedly thrashed a female Revenue Inspector in Sambalpur on September 14.

The association said, Revenue Inspector Sushree Geetanjali Panigrahi, had lodged a complaint with Sambalpur police in this regard on September 14 and submitted a memorandum to the SP and the district Collector on September 15 urging the authority to look into the matter.

Sushree claimed that a man named Ankit Barik approached her for getting a caste certificate, but as he is a native of Subarnapur district, she advised him to visit the Revenue Inspector’s office in his home town. “A woman lawyer then approached me for about three times on his behalf, but I told her the same thing. On September 14, when I was standing in-front of the sub-collector’s office in Sambalpur, the lawyer came and physically assaulted me,” she alleged during a press meet here on Sunday. The association also theatened to carry out state-wide protests if the authorities did not take any action in this regard within seven days.

Three minors burnt alive in Ranikhenda

In a tragic incidence, three children, including a brother and sister were burnt alive after a fire broke out due to a LPG cylinder leak in a house at Ranikhenda village under Sasan police limits in Sambalpur district on Wednesday.

The Son and daughter of Narottam Jagat, residing as a tenant in the house, along with a neighbor child were killed in the fire mishap.

The deceased were identified as bijayani(13), Thakur Ram(11), Kirti(17). Reportedly, a gas stove in an adjacent room suddenly caught fire which spread to the room in which the children were sitting and watching television.

Meanwhile, police with the help of fire brigade has started a probe on possible reasons of the mishap.

Gana Dharna at Sambalpur in support of Director VSSIMSR

The stand off between the PG students and the VSS Institute of Medical Science and Research (VSSIMSAR ) continued for the fourth day today as both sides remained adamant on their stand. While the students demanded the removal of the Director A Pujari, the Director wanted the students to beg apology for assaulting the students and pelting stones at his official residence. Meanwhile 66 of the total 116 doctors appointed by the government joined today at VSSIMSAR to extend medi care facilities to the patients.

A delegation of the students are camping in Bhubaneswar and requesting Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena to concede to their demand and resolve the problem. Hundreds of people from Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, and Bargarh district today sat on a Gana Dharna at Nelson Mandela chowk demanding action against doctors who are creating indiscipline in VSSIMSAR.

Several Speakers alleged that some doctors are utilizing the students and to disrupt treatment to the poor patients. The agitators said “In no case we will support the PG students’ demand,” and threatened that if any action is taken against the Director Dr. Ashwini Pujahari , then they will not keep silent”. “The agitating students should feel the pulse of the people and change their demand for action against the Director,” said Mr Sapan Mishra of Pascimancal People’s Forum (PPF). The parents of the students should convince their wards to withdraw the agitation and call off their cease work agitation said Mr Mishra. Similarly another speaker Mr Suresh Pujari demanded action against PG students who attacked Dr. Pujahari’s residence last week.

“Action is also needed against those who are instigating students for such wrong paths,” Mr Pujahari demanded.