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Activists Condemn the Odisha Journalist arrest

Civil Society Forum on Human Rights(CSFHR) and Report on Reporters (RoR) have condemned the the illegal arrest of  a rural journalist Susanta Kumar Padhan of Bargarh. He is a resident of  Amamunda of Padmapur in Bargarh District . Odisha Police have detained him on Saturday at about 9.50 AM.

Susanta is working with a weekly newspaper(Jail Jharaka) published from Bhubaneswar as District Correspondent at Bargarh.  He is constantly writing against corruption, illegal drugs and liquor production and marketing in Padmapur area. Recently he had written a story how Padmapur police is involved in illegal drugs marketing.

Recently We have met him on 21 January 2015 to collect facts about police harassment and illegal search in his house. Convener of RoR and rights activist Mr. Akhand said, Police is intentionally arrested him due to his writing against police corruption. Chandranath Dani of CSFHR also expressed grave concern in the matter.

Death rises 24 in Sambalpur

A total of 24 persons have died due to jaundice and 2,808 afflicted by this water-borne disease in Sambalpur town and its adjoining places in recent days, said the government affidavits filed in Orissa High Court on Wednesday.

In response to an earlier High Court notice, the State Public Health Department, Sambalpur district administration and the local civic body filed separate affidavits. The notices were issued to the respondents on a PIL filed by a Sambalpur-based social activist Shyamakanta Bisi, who is seeking adequate compensation to the victims’ kin and a direction to the government to take measures to check the spread of the disease.

When the petitioner’s advocate Bijay Kumar Ragad sought time to file rejoinders to the counter affidavits, the Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Amitava Roy posted the matter to be heard again after two weeks.

All the three respondents in their affidavits claimed that the State Government has taken adequate measures to check the spread of the disease and jaundice in Sambalpur district is now under control and has not spread to any new areas in recent days.

HC issues notice to govt on jaundice outbreak

The Odisha High Court Monday issued notice to the state government asking it to furnish details showing as to what steps have been taken in due course to check the jaundice menace in Sambalpur district.

Taking up a PIL in this regard, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Amitava Roy issued the notice asking the government to file its reply in form of a counter affidavit within ten days.

At least 17 persons have died due to jaundice in recent days while several others are now undergoing treatment in Sambalpur town and its adjoining places when the water-borne disease assumed epidemic proportion triggering a hue and cry in the state.

A Sambalpur-based social activist Shyamakanta Bisi last month had approached the High Court through his advocate Gangadhar Samal seeking adequate compensation to the victim’s kin and a direction to the government to take measures to check the menace.

Seeking a detailed action taken report within ten days, the High Court has fixed January 21 for next hearing of the matter, said Samal.

Road mishap on NH-6 near Ghulipali, Bargarh

Two students of a private institute died and three others sustained injuries after their car fell off the bridge over a nullah at Ghulipali under Bargarh Town police limits on NH-6 on Friday.

The deceased have been identified as Gyana Bikash Naik (19) of Bargarh town who died on the spot and Kalpeswar Das (20) of Banda village under Attabira block in the district.

The injured are Prasanta Meher (20) of Bargarh town, Sailesh Dash (19) of Banda and Ankit Sahu (20) of Paharsirgida village under Attabira block in the district.

The injured were rushed to Bargarh District Headquarters Hospital and later shifted to VSS Medical at Burla after their condition deteriorated.

Four killed in road accident in Sambalpur

In a tragic incident, four persons were killed and one seriously injured when the car in which they were travelling collided with a roadside tree on National Highway-55 at Pradhanpali area under Charamala police station limits in Sambalpur district early this morning.

The seriously injured person, identified as Rohan Bariha of Daleipada area of Sambalpur town, was rushed to government hospital at  Redhakhol from where he was later shifted to VSS Medical College and Hospital at Burla as his condition became critical.

Of the four persons who died on the spot, one has been identified as a B.Tech student of Ainthapali area of Sambalpur town.

According to reports, four students of a private engineering college were on the way from Bhubaneswar in a car when the driver lost control of the vehicle which skidded off the road and collided with a tree killing four persons, including the driver, on the spot.

Meanwhile, the police and a fire brigade team have rushed to the spot. Efforts are on to bring out the bodies by cutting the doors of the car.