Daily Archives: April 16, 2012

ECoR engineers to move Mukul over demands

The Zonal Executive Committee (ZEC) of East Coast Railway Engineers’ Association (ECoREA) has expressed its displeasure over the delay in fulfilment of demands by the Railway Board.

The Committee has unanimously decided to meet Railways Minister Mukul Roy in this regard. The ZEC meeting was held at Vizianagaram on Sunday where office-bearers of zonal headquarters, Mancheswar Workshop and all three divisions __ Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Waltair __ attended. The body also expressed its gratitude to Indra Ghosh, GM, ECoR, for backing SK Panda, a senior section engineer of Puri. Panda had been attacked by a mob during demolition of unauthorised construction on railway land last month in connection with the proposed world-class station in Puri.? It was also decided to bring to the notice of the GM the harassment railway engineers are subjected to for minor faults. The ZEC also hailed Ghosh’s decision for hearing the grievances of railway employees every Monday. General secretary of ECoREA Bobin Mohanty conducted the meeting.

Cops identify BPO staff’s assailants

Bhubaneswar police have identified the men behind the attack on BPO employee Namita Padhi at Mancheswar on Friday, though they are yet to establish the cause of the firing.

“We have got vital clues from the nine detainees and would crack the case within a day or two. The culprits have been identified,” Bhubaneswar DCP Nitinjeet Singh said. He did not divulge details of the interrogation. A team of police officers on Sunday rushed to Sambalpur to investigate the case.

Two bike-borne miscreants opened fire at Namita, who worked as a call centre agent with Serco that provides service to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), outside her office. She received a bullet injury on her left calf.

Police suspect the firing incident could be related to another incident in which the husband of Namita’s elder sister Sanjay Mishra was shot at at Shastri Nagar on April 9, 2011. Police had arrested five men for the incident. The mastermind behind the attack was a person who had unsuccessfully courted Kavita, Mishra’s wife, in the past.

“We do not know who tried to kill my sister. But our family is being targeted time and again. We are terrified at the latest incident. Police should arrest the culprits,” Namita’s sister Sunita Padhi said.

Tribals protest harassment by forces

Resentment is brewing among hapless tribals in this part of the State against security personnel. Facing arrest after being branded as Maoists, these tribals are now raising voice against the alleged excesses.

This became evident earlier this week when hundreds of tribals in the periphery of Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary gheraoed the Collectorate demanding relocation.

The tribals said despite the emotional attachment, they were prepared to sever ties with their roots to escape ‘harassment’ by security forces.

Last year, a similar matter was reported when the Chakutia Bhunjia tribals, who inhabit the villages in Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary, raised voice against the security personnel.

The security personnel had swooped down on their villages in Bhaosil under Soseng panchayat in Komna block on January 29 looking for Maoists and walked in and out of their kitchens, referred to as ‘Lal Bangla’. The Bhunjia tribals had cried hoarse as they believed that ‘Lal Bangla’, abode of ‘Duma Debta’, lost its sanctity after the security personnel entered the area. They had then set afire all the kitchens, usually located in front of their houses, and constructed new ones.

This is not the only incident. The agitating tribals alleged that innocent villagers have been detained several times and arrested on false charges of supporting the Maoists.

Recently, 21 persons, including a woman, were acquitted by additional district sessions judge here after being jailed on charges of helping Maoists.

On November 14 last, Sambalpur Police took away Upendra Mirdha and his cousin Sriram Mirdha (45) of Banjaritikra village under Jujumura police limits and branded them as Maoists. Ironically, two members of the Mirdha family had been killed by the Maoists on June 26, 2005.

On November 19 last, Rohita Chura alias Mithun (19), who worked in the mobile tower near his village, was arrested by the police.

His sister Santoshini Chura said Maoists had just asked him for direction and he was too afraid to refuse them.