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6 died in road mishap in Sambalpur district

Six persons including four school children died and eight other sustained serious injury when a van carrying them collided head on with a truck in Odisha’s Sambalpur district, police said.

The incident took place at Tikilipara chhak under the Jamankira police station of Sambalpur district. The mishap occurred at around 11 am when the school children were going to take admission at a school. The deceased have been identified as Jeebardhan Patra (26), Jitendra Das (12), Jyoti Majhi (8), Mukesh Pradhan (13), Mamata Majhi (8) and Kundru Pradhan (23).

The injured persons have been admitted in the Veer Surendra Sai medical college hospital at Burla, where their condition is stated to be critical. The van carrying around 18 people, was going to Ardabahal Ashram school, which is a tribal Welfare Residential School, in Kuchinda sub-division of the Sambalpur district from Dudhianali of Deogarh district when it collided with a grapes laden truck, which was coming from opposite side, at Tikilipara.

The local people and the police rushed to the spot and rescued those trapped inside the van. The injured were first rushed to Jamankira Community Health Center, from where they were shifted to Veer Surendra Sai medical college hospital at Burla for specialised medical attention.

“Some parents and their children were also in the van. They were going to Ardabahal for admission of their children,” said police. The bodies have been sent for autopsy. The driver of the truck reportedly fled from the spot after the accident.

Fire exchange between maoist and security personnel in Gudguda forest, sambalpur

After a gap of three weeks, there are reports of another encounter between the Maoists and the security personnel inside the Gudguda forest under Meghapal panchayat of Jujumura block in Odisha’s Sambalpur district on Thursday.

According to reports, the Special Operation Group (SOG) and the CRPF personnel were on a combing operation on Thursday following information about the presence of some Maoists inside Gudguda forest area between Tamparsingha and Marangbahal villages.

During the operation, the Maoists suddenly opened fire at the security personnel who immediately retaliated.

After 30 minutes of exchange of fire, the Maoists fled the area. However, reports said, there was another round of exchange of fire around 5 PM that continued for over an hour.

Talking to media persons on Thursday evening, Sambalpur SP Pratik Mohanty said the combing operation in the area has been intensified further.

He, however, refused to give details of the encounter due to security reasons.

It may be mentioned that Junu Dehuri, a hardcore Maoist and a native of Tamparsingha village, is presently leading the Maoist outfit in the area in collaboration with some top cadres of the outlawed party from the neighbouring Jharkhand.

Special trains between Sambalpur and Yesvantpur

The East Coast Railway (ECOR) has advised to run a weekly express special trains between Sambalpur-Yesvantpur-Sambalpur for 13 more trips in each direction.

Accordingly, train no 08301 Sambalpur-Yesvantpur weekly express special will depart from Sambalpur at 8.50 am on Wednesdays, commencing from April 2 and arrive at Yesvantpur on Thursdays ar 4.30 pm.

In return, train No 08302 will depart from Yesvantpur on Fridays at 12.30 am and reach Sambalpur at 6.15 am on Saturdays.This service will commence from April 4 onwards.

These trains will halt at Krishnarajapur, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Chittoor, Pakala, Tirupati, Renigunta, Gudur, Nellore, Ongole, Vijayawada Junction, Eluru Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Vishakapatnam, Vizianagaram, Bobbili, Parvatipuram, Rayagada, Muniguda, Kesinga, Titlagarh, Bargarh, Bolangir stations.

The weekly express special will have total 17 coaches, consisting one AC 2-tier coach, one AC 3-tier coach, ten second class sleeper coaches, three general second class coaches and two second class luggage-cum-brake vans.

Modi set to address rally in Odisha

modi-in-sambalpurBJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is set to address an election rally in Sambalpur in Odisha on Friday.

This is the Gujarat chief minister’s second rally in the state since February.

In his last rally in Bhubaneswar on February 11, Modi had questioned the governance model of Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

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Maoists Trying to Reorganise: SP

Maoists are trying to re-organise and regain their lost ground in the district, said Sambalpur SP Prateek Mohanty on Thursday.

Briefing mediapersons about the exchange of fire that took place on Wednesday, Mohanty said there were 30 to 35 Maoists in the group including eight to 10 female cadres.

The exchange of fire took place in Landakot reserve forest under Rairakhol police limits of the district and police had specific information about their movement.

The SP said the Maoists opened fire first and police retaliated in which 130 rounds of bullets were fired and grenades used. As the exchange of fire could have left some Maoists injured, a joint operation by police and CRPF was underway to trace the injured.  He added that all the cadres were armed with weapons like AK, INSAS and SLR.

The seizure included garments, utensils, medicines, uniforms, Maoist literature, groceries, ammunition bags besides other items.

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Sources said Maoists are trying to push hard their plan of developing a corridor which would unite the banned Left ultras from Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

The movement is believed to be a part of the plan. According to reports, Maoists have set aside Sundargarh district from their original Sundargarh-Deogarh-Sambalpur Divisional Committee and included Sonepur district. Hadrcore Maoist leader and secretary of Dakshin Chhotanagpur Zonal Committee Samarji alias Anmol Hembram is believed to be coordinating the activities.

Maoists from across the border on both sides are planning to make Gandhamardan hill range in Bargarh district a hopping point before converging in Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary in Nuapada district.

They are planning to replicate their model of guerilla warfare and training camp in Sunabeda with security forces out against them in Saranda forest in Jharkhand bordering Odisha.