Man carrying his wife’s body

Dana Majhi with his wife over his shoulders wrapped in sheetsA fact-finding team of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) comprising five members visited Dana Majhi’s village Melghara on Saturday.
The members are Dabugaon MLA Bhujmal Majhi, OPCC vice-president Sadan Naik, Congress ST cell chairman Pradeep Majhi, OPCC secretary Hasan Khan and former MLA Gobardhan Das.
While the family of the deceased woman Amang Dei was supposed to perform third day rituals (Dibi Utha) according to tribal tradition on Friday, Thuamal Rampur BDO took Dana and his 12-year-old daughter and presented them before the sub-collector for inquiry, a member of the team told a news conference.
Criticizing the district administration, Pradeep said instead of visiting Dana’s village, the district officials brought him to the sub-collector’s office.

After interacting with Dana, Pradeep said he did not get proper response from the hospital authorities regarding an ambulance which forced him to walk up to 10 km with his wife’s body.. For Dana’s sufferings, the team held responsible to all the hospital staff as well as the administration.
After seeing Dana’s sufferings, senior Congress leader Bhakta Charan Das has decided to organize a padayatra of workers on Sunday from Melghara to Bhawanipatna.

Criminal gang busted in Sambalpur, six arrested

IN a major breakthrough, Sambalpur police on Thursday busted a land mafia gang who were also involved in tender fixing and illegal transportation of materials. Six members of the gang were arrested.

Police have also seized firearms from them. The arrested are Sanjeeb Khandelwal (28), Ananda Nath (32), Md Sarif (39), Saddam Hussain (25), Kunjabihari Kumbhar (27) and Sk Mujibuddin. Sambalpur SP Akhilesvar Singh said all the six have criminal antecedents. They were into tender fixing, transportation and shady land dealings.

They were mainly operating in the industrial pockets of Sambalpur and Jharsuguda districts. Apart from this, the accused were also involved in extortion, Singh added.

Acting on a tip-off on illegal possession of firearms by the gang, Sambalpur police formed separate teams to nab the accused.

The teams raided several areas and arrested them from different parts of the town. “At least eight persons of the gang are still at large. Efforts are on to nab them soon,” Singh said.

The criminals had procured the firearms from Bihar. Police have also identified the agents who had supplied firearms to the criminals, Singh added. Six separate cases have been registered in the Town, Dhanuapali and Sadar police stations here and the accused have been forwarded to court. Earlier on February 1, at least 12 persons, including Sambalpur BSP MLA candidate in the last Assembly election Mohammad Mustukin, were arrested by Sambalpur police for illegal possession of firearms.

Three held for stabbing Sambalpur Jail Superintendent

Four days after the stabbing of the Superintendent of Sambalpur Jail, the Dhanupali police today arrested three accused.

The arrested have been identified as Ajay Singh alias Badamundia, Krushna Chandra Majhi alias Raja and Nilakantha Nanda alias Daktar.

Giving details to the media persons, IIC of Dhanupali Police Station Prakash James Toppo, the three accused, who have criminal antecedents, had planned to kill Sambalpur Jail Superintendent Brahmananda Sahu as per the instruction of Sonu Ghosh and Sujit Karna, the two murder accused, who are presently lodged in Sambalpur Jail.

He said the plan to kill Sahu was hatched while Ajay Singh was in the jail. “Before the release of Ajay from the jail, Sonu and Sujit had promised him that they would give him and his associates Rs 10,000 and a mobile phone each after they kill the Jail Superintendent and the Jail Warder,” the IIC informed.

Release of flood water from Hirakud Dam on 5th August

On tomorrow 5th August, the first flood water of this season would be released from Hirakud Dam, informed by the Dam’s chief engineer Harmohan Pradhan.

The floodwaters would be released through seven gates between 10 am and 12.30 pm on that day. Water would be released through some sluice gates as rains continue to occur in upper catchment area in Chhattisgarh swelling the reservoir. According to norms, water is released from the Hirakud reservoir when the water level goes above 610 foot. The current water level in Hirakud Dam is 611.47 ft., as  the maximum holding capacity of the reservoir is 630 feet.

The district Collectors of Sambalpur, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Angul, Boudh, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Khordha, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur and Puri have been asked to be on alert ahead of the release of floodwaters.

Miscreants attack on Circle Jail Superintendent, Sambalpur

Some miscreants attacked on circle jail Superintendent sambalpur Mr Brahmananda Sahu while returning to home after a surprise raid.

Sahu has been admitted to the district headquarters hospital here. His condition is stated to be critical so that he has been shifted to burla hospital as his condition deteriorated.

Sambalpur Jail Superintendent Stabbed By Miscreants, Condition Critical