Daily Archives: January 14, 2012

Rats nibble at dead farmer in hospital

Even in death, farmer Banmali Bhue had no escape from sufferance. After he consumed poison and succumbed in a hospital, his body was mauled by rats in the mortuary much to the revulsion of the tragedy-struck family.

Bhue (55) of village Bisalkhinda under Sason Police Limits took pesticide on Wednesday. He was rushed to district headquarters hospital and later shifted to VSS Medical, Burla, but he succumbed on Thursday night. He is survived by his wife, three sons besides two married daughters.

Ironically, the body kept in the morgue for postmortem was found on Friday with an eyelid missing and injuries at various places with rodents nibbling at the body. Reports said the farmer under pressure of debt had walked out his house on Wednesday night and was found in precarious condition along the canal in the village. Later his sons located him and could smell strong pesticide and rushed him to the hospital. His sons revealed that they own 1.5 acres and had taken on lease another four acres. But despite being irrigated patch of land, the yield failed them and Bhue was under intense pressure to repay the loan. He had availed Rs 15,000 loan from Sason Cooperative Society besides Rs 35,000 private loan and was worried over repayment after crop failure.

Sambalpur sub-collector Rainu Singh rushed to the village on Friday and enquired about the circumstances leading to Bhue committing suicide.

Displaced visit Hirakud

A newly married Alekh Sahu was forced to leave his village Khajurdihi and whipped by police when he resisted forcible eviction. That was 56 years back when Sahu, now 74, along with hundreds of other villagers was evicted from Khajurdihi to make way for the Hirakud dam.

On the occasion of 56th Foundation Day of the dam on Friday, Sahu and 20 others, now residing in Rengali block of Sambalpur district and Lakhanpur block of Jharsuguda district, visited the dam hoping to trace the place where their villages once stood. This was their first visit ever since they left their home.

Walking down memory lane, Parkhita Sahu (75) said they owned 121 acres of land then and once the land was gone they were reduced to paupers and now possess a mere five acres.

He now resides in Sukhadihi village in Lakhanpur block after Kutgad village was submerged.

The other evicted people Gurbari (76), her husband Sobharam Mirdha (81), village priest Ranjit Kalo (67), Lingaraj Pradhan (82), Duryodhan Ati (81), Bihari

Meher (75) now struggle to make ends meet in contrast to the affluent lifestyle they led nearly six decades back.

10 years of rigorous imprisonment

Five persons were sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in the much-hyped university gangrape case, by a fast track court in Sambalpur on Friday. A first year MCA student of Sambalpur University was raped by three different groups at three places on the night of February 23, 2008. Ten persons had been arrested and police registered three cases.

Friday’s judgment does not include four other accused of gangrape as the court will pronounce another judgment on Monday. “The ADJ (first track) Ashok Panda found the accused guilty after examining 25 witnesses and documentary evidence,” said Brajendra Panda, the prosecutor in the first track court.

The first gangrape took place on Budharaja hillock. Sachin Sharma, Balaram Adzed, Sunil Patnaik and Abinash Suren were arrested. Abinash was released on bail on health grounds. In another case, Sanjit Behera and Trinath Behera were arrested, while Kapilash Senapati, Md. Anwar, Sayad Munir and Abdul Arman were nabbed in the third incident. Trinath was sent to juvenile court as he was a minor. The court convicted the accused in the second and third case, while the judgment in the first case will be pronounced on Monday.