Daily Archives: July 3, 2014

DHABA Owners Nabbed for Selling Adulterated Liquor

As many as 13 persons including seven DHABA owners were arrested by Bargarh police on Wednesday for allegedly selling liquor illegally.

Police also seized large quantities of IMFL and outsill liquor from the DHABA. All those arrested have been forwarded to court.

DHABA owners are Bijay Bhoi, Gobinda Sahu, Tarjit Singh, Gouranga Patel, Sriram Suna, Purandar Yadav and Rakesh Behera. Among the others arrested are two IMFL shop owners Ghanshyam Karmi and Mohammad Sakil, oustill liquor shop owners Philips Nanda, two IMFL outlet managers Nandkishore Tiwari and Manoj Sahu and one country liquor vendor Lochan Meher. Additional SP, Parul Gupta, said the IMFL shop owners in nexus with the ‘dhaba’ owners were selling liquor in violation of Odisha Excise Rules. Informing that three IMFL outlets were closed after their involvement in the illegal trade was found, she said steps would be taken to get their licence cancelled.

She added that there have been reports of ‘dhaba’ owners adulterating the liquor to give customers extra kick. She said that the seized liquor would be sent for laboratory test to ascertain the fact and action would be taken accordingly.

Power Struggle May Cost BJD Dear in Sambalpur Civic Polls

Even as the district BJD camp is upbeat about its candidates victory in Sambalpur, Rairakhol and Rengali Assembly segments besides the Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat, power struggle within the unit is likely to have a bearing on the upcoming civic body polls.

The development, political observers feel, may spell doom for BJD in the district in the elections to Sambalpur Municipal Corporation which are pending after the Municipality was upgraded recently.

Sources said the newly elected Chairperson of WODC Kishore Mohanty was felicitated at a function in Rengali on Monday. However, Sambalpur district BJD president and Rairakhol MLA Rohit Pujari, Rengali BJD Zilla Parishad member Anjali Pradhan and BJD block president Mukunda Behera were conspicuous by their absence. Although Pujari parried questions on the issue, it is learnt that they were not invited to the function which was organised by a handful of Mohanty’s supporters. While there is no denying the fact that Pujari strengthened the party organisation in the district, Mohanty’s attempt to undermine Pujari has not gone down well in the ranks and files of the district BJD.

BJD workers said similar attempts by former finance minister Prasanna Acharya in the past had stunted the growth of BJD in the district till Pujari donned the mantle and built up a strong organisation which paid rich dividend in the recently concluded general elections. With Mohanty treading the same path, it is bound to have a reflection on the party’s performance in the Corporation polls, they added.

In fact, the BJD had entrusted Mohanty to strengthen the party’s base during polls in Rengali block till it was made an Assembly segment after delimitation. But the ruling party’s performance was dismal under Mohanty’s leadership. The very fact that he lost Assembly polls twice in a row from Jharsuguda to Congress’ Naba Kisore Das speaks volumes about his organisational prowess.

Election Peaceful in Balangir

Balangir: The election to Balangir Municipality and Titlagarh NAC ended peacefully on Tuesday. While 52.11 per cent polling was recorded in Balangir, it was 58.83 per cent in Titlagarh. For 21 councillor posts in Balangir Municipality, 68 candidates are in fray. Of them, 21 belong to Congress and BJD each while BJP fielded 16 candidates. Ten candidates fought the election as Independents.In Titlagarh NAC, out of 15 Wards, election was held for 14 Wards as the candidate for Ward 10 was declared elected uncontested. Total 44 candidates are in the fray for the NAC. However, no untoward incident was reported from both the civic bodies. Adequate security arrangements were made in both the towns to maintain law and order. The counting of votes will start at 8 am on Wednesday.