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HC asked Railways to pay damage to victims

 In a significant ruling on Monday, the Odisha High Court asked the Indian Railways to pay compensation to all the victims of the August 25 train accident that took place at an unmanned level-crossing near Sambalpur in which at least 14 people died and five others were injured.

This direction from the High Court came despite the Railways had strongly opposed paying compensation saying there was no provision to pay damage to the non-passengers under the Railways Act.

Disposing of a PIL filed by social activist and advocate Prabir Das, a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda asked the Chairman of the Railway Board to pay Rs 5 lakh each to the families of all the 14 victims who died while the vehicle in which they were travelling was hit by an Express train.

The HC also asked the Railways to pay Rs 1 lakh to one of the grievously injured woman, who is still undergoing treatment. Similarly, the Railways was asked to compensate other injured persons of the accident by paying damage ranging between Rs 5,000 and Rs 25,000 as per the gravity of the injury they sustained. The mishap had taken place when an Express train hit a good lorry in which the victims were crossing the railway track at Khairapalli. All the victims were farm labourers under the BPL category and were socially and economically disadvantaged. While 13 of the 14 deceased were women and belonged to the SC community, their family members could not independently fight to seek damage and, therefore, the PIL was filed on August 28.

The HC asked the Railways to pay the compensation from the date of filing of the PIL with a six-per cent interest. The authorities were asked to complete the process of payment within two months, informed advocate Das.The HC also directed the Railways to convert all the unmanned level-crossings into manned level-crossings and deploy Home Guards with red flags to alert the road users about the approaching trains. “Provide road under-bridges (RUBs) and limited height subways (LHSs) wherever necessary,” the HC order said. Similarly, the State Government was asked to provide necessary cooperation to the Railways for construction of all these structures within six months. The police and transport authorities were also asked to take stringent action against the drivers who are using mobile phones while driving. It was alleged that the goods lorry driver was listening to music from his cell phone when the accident took place.

A SUIIT student is missing in sambalpur

A SUIIT student is missing in sambalpur on sunday from the hostel and police are yet to trace her.
“The girl left hostel saying she was going to home. At the same time, she asked her father not to come to meet her in the hostel as she would be busy studying,” a senior official at SUIIT said on Monday. SUIIT authorities came to know about the incident when the girl’s father called up the hostel superintendent after he found that his daughter’s phone was switched off, according to the official.

The information technology institute is functioning under the aegis of Sambalpur University to impart self-financing course on various technical subjects.

The girl, who is from Sambalpur town, is a student of IT-electronics and got admission three months ago. She has been staying in the hostel since then. On Sunday she submitted a leave application to the hostel superintendent as she desires to stay sometime with her parents.

On the other hand, police registered a missing case on the basis of a report filed by the SUIIT authority and started investigation on it. Police suspected she had gone with someone with her consent. “We are trying to trace the girl. However, from the circumstances, we suspect she might have gone with someone she knows. We are confident to trace her soon,” said additional S P Dilip Kumar Deo.

4 Maoist cadres arrested in Balangir

Acting on a tip-off, a Balangir police team led by district SP R Praksh arrested four Maoist cadres Ram Singh Bariha, Tulsiram Jagat, Debraj Bariha and Ganesh Bariha from the Tureikela area on Thursday. This was announced to mediaperons by Sambalpur DIG Sanjay Kumar here on Friday.

Lauding the efforts of Balangir SP Prakash in nabbing the Maoists, Kumar informed that the ultras were working under the Balangir-Bargarh-Mahasamund division of the CPI(Maoist) and their area of operation was mainly in Khaprakhol, Lathore, Tureikela of Balangir district, besides the adjoining areas of Bargarh and Nuapada districts.

The arrested cadres had visited the Maoist camps in Chhattisgarh and undergone arms training there. Their main hideouts were the Sunabeda Sanctuary in Nuapada district and the Gandhmardarn hills. They were collecting money from tribals, businessmen and contractors for their Maoist organisation to provide necessary logistics to the cadres, Sanjay Kumar said.

These people were also instrumental in burning of Kendu leaf godowns and in other criminal activities in the areas of their operation, he informed.

Asked to comment on the alleged involvement of Forest Department officials in burning of Kendu leaf godowns, Kumar said, “We are looking into that aspect and have taken up the matter with that department.”

Besides Balangir SP Prakash, Balangir ASP K Siba Subramanim, Nuapada ASP Parul Gupta and Bargarh ASP Alka Meena were also present at the Press conference.

At last flight service started to Jharsuguda

Firing at GolebazarThe state government received a shot in the arm over its long pending demand to accord international tag for Biju Patnaik Airport here following Air Odisha Aviation introduced its flight services in the state on Friday.

The air service, in the first phase will be available for Bhubaneswar, Jharsuguda and Rourkela which in a later stage will be extended to some major industrial hubs of the state, according to company officials.  Odisha-based Air Odisha is also mulling to extend the flight services to Vizag and Tirupati, looking at the increasing demand among passengers.

On Friday the 9-seated aircraft took off from Bhubaneswar airport at 9:45am and landed at the Durlaga airport in Jharsuguda taking a flying time of nearly one hour. The flight service was flagged off by state Tourism and Culture minister Maheswar Mohanty. According to Air Odisha officials, the daily flight from Bhubaneswar to Rourkela via Jharsuguda will be later extended to Raipur.

The state is planning to develop at least five greenfield airports, at upcoming industrial centres like Paradip, Dhamra, Angul, Kalinganagar and Rayagada. Moreover, it has also proposed to upgrade existing airstrips at Gopalpur, Jharsuguda, Jeypore, Barbil and Rourkela.

Two businessmen injured in hafta wasuli at Golebazar

Two businessmen injured in hafta wasuli at GolebazarTwo persons were injured, including one critically, when some miscreants shot at a businessman on Friday in Gole Bazar area near the Town police station.

Sources said the miscreants on Thursday had demanded extortion money from Sitaram Sahu, a rice vendor, but the latter had refused. On the contrary, Sahu, accompanied by fellow vendors and his son, had lodged an FIR against the miscreants on Thursday. Irked over this, the miscreants on Friday evening fired at Sahu. Soon, Sahu was rushed to the district headquarters hospital, where after preliminary treatment he was shifted to the VSS Medical College Hospital at Burla. Sahu received severe head injury, while another man standing nearby received minor injury in the firing.

“We have seized a pistol from the area. We will arrest them miscreants soon,” said ASP DK Deo. Protesting the firing, businessmen of the area held a road blockade in Gole Bazar demanding their safety and met the SP for action against the miscreants.