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CB Breakthrough in Pachyderm Poaching

The Crime Branch, which has been assigned the probe into back-to-back killing of tuskers in Sambalpur in January last, made a headway and arrested two members of the poaching racket from remote forest pockets of Jamankira on Saturday.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the CB along with Sambalpur and Deogarh police arrested Bhika Lohura (48) and Jhina Badhei (40) belonging to Kulchipadadihi village of Deogarh’s Riamal police limits. From their possession, the cops seized explosives as well as raw materials required for gun-making.

They were produced before the SDJM Court at Kuchinda. The Crime Branch has secured their remand for seeking details into the poaching operations. Along with Bhika and Jhina, a third accused will be in CB remand for three days beginning Sunday, Additional Director General of CB BK Sharma said. Preliminary investigation revealed that while Bhika was directly involved in the poaching and manufactured the rifles used in the killings, Jhina supplied raw materials. They formed the front of the racket and were entrenched deep in the forests. Bhika killed the elephants, removed the ivory and disposed them. “We need to know the modus operandi, disposal of ivories so as to understand the marketing link as well as the source of the arms, ammunition and explosives,” Sharma added.

Meanwhile, the Wildlife Wing, which has been struggling to gather intelligence on poachers in the State, has decided to set up a toll-free number seeking real-time information from the public about incidence of poaching in the State.

The move came after three tuskers were shot dead in Bamra and Dhama forests of Sambalpur in January and in all cases the tusks were missing.

When Sambalpur Forest Division cracked down, it arrested three persons and seized customised jeep, huge volumes of ammunition as well as navigational gadgets.

Subsequently, the Forest and Environment Department asked the Crime Branch to probe into the incidents and a seven-member SIT was formed.

Since the wildlife crime cell has virtually been dormant in the Wildlife Wing in absence of manpower, the Forest and Environment Department has asked the Chief  Wildlife Warden to put in place the toll-free number.

Special Secretary Debabrata Swain, in a letter to CWW SS Srivastava, has directed that a register has to be maintained for keeping record of the calls and actions taken by the wing.

Police arrested Bhika Lohura (48) and Jhina Badhei (40) belonging to Kulchipadadihi village of Deogarh’s Riamal police Bhika was involved in poaching and manufacturing rifles, while Jhina supplied raw materials

Congress and BJD fan pet issues

Stepping up its attack on the BJD, a poll-bound Congress today organised three rallies in the undivided Koraput district, an old party bastion with a sizeable chunk of tribal population.

Addressing big gatherings at Malkangiri and Jeypore, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Jaydev Jena and All-India Congress Committee-appointed in-charge of state party affairs B.K. Hariprasad, lashed out at the Naveen Patnaik government for trying to usurp central schemes such as cheap rice while failing to develop the state, which was labelled as the poorest in the country by the Raghuram Rajan committee.

“He has been making allegations against the Centre accusing it of neglecting Odisha. The truth is that he has failed miserably to make use of central schemes while trying to take undue credit for some of them such as subsidised rice,” said Hariprasad, addressing the rally at Malkangiri where the party has taken up the cause of tribals being branded as Maoists by the police.

“Not only are the tribal people suffering under this regime, the farmers, too, are committing suicide. The Centre, on the other hand, has been extremely generous to the state giving it a central university at Koraput and setting up the state-of-the-art Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Bhubaneswar,” said Hariprasad.

The tone and tenor of the Congress leaders did not change at Rayagada where Jena tore into Naveen accusing him of depriving the poor tribal people of their full quota of the subsidised rice allotted by the Centre. The party MLA from Bisam Cuttack, Dambrudhar Ulaka, trotted out figures to substantiate the charge made by his party chief.

The meeting at Rayagada, however, was marred by the heckling of Hema Gamang, wife of former chief minister, Giridhar Gamang and an aspirant for the party ticket from Gunpur Assembly constituency, by the supporters of Ramanaguda block chairman Purushottam Gamang.

With the disturbance exposing the growing factionalism within the party, Jena warned the hecklers against breaking discipline. “We are not going to tolerate such behaviour,” he said.

The other embarrassment for the party, of late, has been the queer behaviour of veteran Bhupinder Singh, who has made himself incommunicado amidst speculation that he might quit and join the BJD. Both Jena and Hariprasad refused to comment on speculations with regard to Bhupinder’s future saying the leader of Opposition was unwell and unreachable at the moment.

In yet another development, Arya Gyanendra, an All-India Congress Committee member and a known opponent of Jena, lashed out at the state party leadership for ignoring sincere leaders while selecting candidates for Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections. He said he would stay away from party programmes for a year as a mark of protest.

The party, on the other hand, sought to extract the maximum political mileage out of its Malkangiri rally accusing the district police of preventing supporters from reaching the meeting venue. It has called a shutdown in the district tomorrow to protest alleged police atrocities against its supporters today.

The Congress is keen to retain its hold on undivided Koraput district where it has four sitting MLAs and a Lok Sabha MP, who is its trump card as far as mobilising tribal support is concerned. Sources said Nabarangpur MP Pradeep Majhi, a livewire, has been trying all the tricks in the bag to win over the tribals of the area who appear to be upset with the police for engaging in a witch-hunt against them.

The BJD hit back at the Congress with a sit-in before the Raj Bhavan here today to ramp up its protest against the Centre’s continued refusal to grant Odisha the special category state status while according the same to the yet-to-be-born, Seemandhra.

The ruling party, which is organising a state-wide agitation on the issue, has planned a major show of strength with three rallies at Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Sambalpur on March 5, the birth anniversary of Biju Patnaik, which is celebrated as ‘panchayati raj divas’.

Doctor arrested by vigilance while taking bribe

Doctor arrested by vigilanceSambalpur Vigilance P.S. Case No.15 dated.27.02.2014 U/s 7P.C. Act was registered against Dr. Debendra Naik, Surgery Specialist, District Head quarter Hospital, Jharsuguda for demand  of illegal gratification of  2,000/-   from the complainant Jatin  Saraf of Vill- Raghunathpalli, Dist-Jharsuguda for conducting   Hydrosil operation of his nephew who was admitted at Dist. Headquarters Hospital, Jharsuguda on 22.2. 2014.

In course of investigation a trap was laid on 28.2.2014 by the Vigilance Officers of Sambalpur Division. Accused Dr. Debendra Naik was caught red handed by the Vigilance Officers at Dist. Headquarters Hospital, Jharsuguda, while accepting bribe amount  2,000/- from the Complt.  Mr. Saraf as per previous demand.  Bribe amount   2,000/- was recovered from the pant pocket of Dr. Naik and seized in presence of witnesses. His hand & pant pocket wash  gave positive chemical reaction confirming acceptance of bribe.

 

Odisha Govt. set up 3 more police commissionerate

Odisha Govt. is going to set up 3 more police commissionerate in the state, sambalpur, rourkela and Berhampur respectivly.

To make focused effort to address law and order challenges in the three major urban centres of the State, the proposal is being mooted and the final decision from Home Department is expected soon, sources said.

Providing urban policing in these three cities is mulled over keeping in mind that Berhampur and Sambalpur have already been accorded status of Municipal Corporation while Rourkela’s case is under active consideration of the State government.

Modi Meet in Sambalpur on March 12

BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will visit the State on March 12 to campaign for his party. Announcing this at the State level conference of BJP functionaries here on Thursday, party president KV Singhdeo said Modi will address a public meeting at Sambalpur.

This will be the second visit of the Gujarat Chief Minister to the State within a month. Modi addressed a massive gathering here on February 11. More than 3,000 office-bearers from gram panchayat to district level gathered here to deliberate on the party’s strategy for the forthcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha election.

Singhdeo exhorted the party functionaries to launch a door-to-door campaign carrying the development message of Modi. The party has decided to touch 30 lakh households in the State and seek financial contribution for the elections.  The party launched ‘Modi-for-PM fund’ on February 11 in the presence of national BJP president Rajnath Singh.