Daily Archives: March 5, 2012

3.5 quintals of hemp(ganjei) seized

Naktideul and Ainthapali Police on Sunday seized nearly 3.5 quintals of hemp(ganjei) in two separate hauls.

The Naktideul police seized the contraband weighing 99 kg after intercepting five motorcycles at Bindpur Chhak near Jamujori on Angabira-Naktideul Road. Six persons, including a SPO, a college student and a school clerk, were arrested.? They have been identified SPO Sambhu Sahu (21), Asish Seth (19) of Baghbar village, Gobinda Nayak (23), a college student of Kunjamura village, Purusottam Pradhan (45), a school clerk of Ambajhari village and Raju Kisan (24) of Keutberni, all under Naktideul police limits, besides one Aurobindo Nayak (41) of Podapada village in Angul district.

In a separate incident, the Ainthapali Police arrested one Bhabani Prasad Badi and seized 2.5 quintals of hemp. The police intercepted the car at Durgapali and seized the contraband worth about ` 12.5 lakh. The accused have been remanded in judicial custody.

Maoist rampage at Nuapada unit; trucker injured in Sundargarh

Maoists raided a crusher unit owned by a construction company in Nuapada district and set ablaze 15 vehicles including trucks, dumpers, JCB machines and vans, while in Sundargarh district, the Red rebels shot at a truck driver and injured him before setting on fire a truck loaded with rice.

The incident in Nuapada happened at Chhatrang on the border of Nuapada and Bolangir, under Khariar police station limits where a 40-strong group struck all off a sudden and asked the workers to stay before torching the vehicles. The vehicles included eight dumpers, five tractors, a trawler and a van, SDPO SB Satpathy said.

The Maoists put up posters at the site protesting low wages being paid to the workers and warning against supply of water from Tikhali irrigation project to industrial units.

In Sundargarh district, suspected Maoists shot at and injured a truck driver and set ablaze the rice-loaded vehicle near Saranda forest bordering Jharkhand on Saturday night, according to police.

Armed ultras, also suspected to be members of the Jharkhand Liberation Tigers, attacked the truck and opened fire in Sorada area under Bisra police limits on late Saturday night. The attackers fled the scene after setting the truck ablaze, while the driver, Mohd Bablu, was admitted to Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela with bullet injuries.

Security forces were rushed to the area and efforts were on to trace the attackers.

In Malkangiri district, a Maoist camp was demolished and weapons seized by the BSF jawans and police after they raided a rebel camp in Similipadar forest  of Badapada in Chitrakonda area of Malkangiri, Chitrakonda IIC  Debasish Mishra said.

The ultras present in the camp disappeared into dense forests. However, three guns, some explosives and fuse wires used in land mines were recovered from the spot. Volumes of Maoist literature and medicines were also seized, Mishra said.

Combing operation was stepped up in the area following the incident.

Maoists target construction firm in Orissa, burn 15 vehicles

Armed Maoists attacked a stone crusher unit of a private builder and set afire 15 of its vehicles in Nuapada district on Saturday night.

Over 40 rebels from Bargarh-Mahasamund division of the CPI(Maoist) came to Baleshbahali village of Nuapada district where building firm DB is working on a canal extension project. The Maoists torched eight dumpers, five tractors, a trawler and a van, Khariar sub-divisional police officer S B Satpathy said. The Maoists put up posters at the site   protesting against ‘low wages being paid to the workers’. Posters warning against the supply of water from the Tikhali irrigation project to industrial units in the area were also put up.

In a similar attack on another construction company in October last year, Maoists had set fire to 27 vehicles of construction firm ARSS in a village in Sambalpur district. During the attack, the rebels had taken around 80 employees of the construction company  hostage.

This latest attack adds to a list of attacks carried out by Maoists since last year. On May 23 last year, nine policemen from Chhattisgarh including an additional SP were killed in a Maoist ambush inside Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary on the Orissa-Chhattisgarh border. On November 20 last year, Maoists stabbed the chairman of the Nuapada Panchayat Samiti, Sunil Dewangan, inside the wildlife sanctuary accusing him of being a police informer.

In another incident, BSF jawans and local police demolished a Maoist camp and seized weapons in Similipadar forest in Malkangiri district. The police seized three guns, some explosives and fuse wires used in landmines as well as volumes of Maoist literature.

23 Maoists surrender in Bihar district Muzaffarpur: Twenty-three Maoists surrendered before the police with arms and ammunition in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district in the presence of a large number of locals. They were sent to the district jail. Tirhut Division Commissioner S K Negi said the administration would provide assistance to the surrendered Maoists under the ‘Naxal Reform Package’.

VSS asked to cough up 1.97cr tax

The income tax department has asked  VSS medical college hospital to pay up Rs 1.97 crore as income tax for collecting fees from patients.

The medical authority collects small amounts from patients in the name of users’ fee since 1997. The money is used to improve facilities available at the hospital.

“We have received a letter from the income tax department to pay an income tax of Rs 1.97 crore for collecting users’ fees. But users’ fee is not exactly an income of the hospital for which one has to pay a tax. So we have appealed in court to ask the I-T department to review the matter,” principal S K Behera, said on Sunday.

Sources said the government constituted a ‘Swastha Seva Samiti’ for the welfare of VSS Medical College and Hospital, under the chairmanship of the RDC, for which a small amount is collected in the name of users’ fee from patients coming to the hospital. The fund is spent for the development of the hospital and other welfare measures after it is duly approved in the samiti meeting.

Sources said users’ fee generates an amount of Rs 25-30 lakh every month. The college spends Rs 12 lakh of this money per month, of which Rs 5.9 lakh is spent on security measures, Rs 2.4 lakh on laundry and Rs 3.7 lakh on sanitation. Though the money should be spent only on welfare measures, the hospital authority is violating the rule by purchasing machines and equipment from the fund, sources said. Since a lion’s share is spent on various activities each month, the hospital does not have sufficient amount to meet the income tax demand, sources added.