Wedding ‘gift’ explodes, Groom and his grandmother killed

A bridegroom and his grandmother were killed and the bride was critically injured after a wedding gift received by the couple exploded when they tried to open it after the ceremonies were completed. The wedding had taken place five days ago and the tragic incident took place on Friday night in Patnagarh, Bolangir district.

The elderly woman was killed on the spot and her grandson succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Rourkela. The new bride Rima has been shifted to Cuttuck Hospital from Burl hospital.

The gift was given to the couple by an unidentified person at the marriage reception on February 21. It exploded when they opened the packet at home, the police said.

“The police have collected evidence and an investigation is on,” Patnagarh Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sesadeva Bariha said, adding that efforts were on to identify the person who had given the gift to the couple.

Bolangir Chief District Medical Officer S Mishra said the elderly woman was declared “brought dead” at the Bolangir district headquarters hospital.

”A man injured in the blast also died at the Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela,” he added.

Week-Long Cease-Work Agitation for High Court Bench

Demanding a permanent High Court bench, the All Western Odisha Lawyers’ Association launched a week-long cease-work agitation from today.

As per sources, all members of the bar associations of all Western Odisha districts began their week-long agitation from today till February 24 in the region. Offices of both state and central governments, courts and banking institutions will remain closed, sources added.

However, schools, colleges, hospitals and other business establishments will continue functioning normally, informed by the association.

The committee has also decided to boycott all legal activities in the state.

Reportedly, lawyers of the region had been agitating for a bench for the past 40 years. The association had earlier threatened to intensify their agitation if the state government fails to settle the issue of establishment of Orissa High Court bench in Western Odisha.

On the other hand, the Rourkela Bar Association passed a unanimous resolution to boycott the court proceedings till February 24 alleging that their seven-point charter of demands have not been fulfilled despite repeated requests.

Besides establishment of a permanent bench of High Court in Rourkela, their demands include immediate appointment of judges against the vacancies and establishment of a record room in Rourkela among others.

Meanwhile, demanding establishment of permanent High Court bench in Bolangir and not in any other place in Western Odisha, the district Bar Association pulled out of the cease-work agitation called by the All Western Odisha Lawyers’ Association.

“Sauchamukta Mahanadi Abhiyan” launched by SMC

Sauchamukta Mahanadi AbhiyanThe Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Saturday launched ‘Sauchamukta Mahanadi Abhiyan’ to make banks of the river flowing along Ring Road in the city open defecation-free (ODF).Launching the campaign near Samaleswari temple, Collector Samarth Verma said awareness drive will be conducted in the localities situated along the Ring Road. He said a campaign vehicle will move on the Ring Road from Sunday to create awareness on not to defecate in open along the banks of Mahanadi.

The drive will continue for a period of one month and fine will be imposed on the violators. The best locality for maintaining the area ODF will be awarded. Similarly, around 11 community toilets have been constructed along the Ring Road and one can use the toilet free of cost, he added.He also urged the residents to help make Sambalpur green and clean city.

ToiletThe launching saw different cultural programmes to create awareness on the issue.

It has also been seen that people from well off families residing in the localities along the Ring Road have toilets in their homes but prefer to defecate along the banks of Mahanadi. And because of open defecation, the breeze blowing from the river stinks adding to the pollution. With the Ring Road being widened and beautified, the SMC is making sincere efforts to improve the sanitation along the bank of the river which has the potential to draw crowd during evenings.

Maoists kill civil contractor in Kalahandi

Shiba Shankar DashMembers of outlawed CPI (Maoist) this morning killed a super class contractor in Kalahandi district when he was supervising work at a site.

The deceased was identified as Shiba Shankar Dash alias Tunu Dash

According to reports, at around 10 am in the morning Dash was at a site near Paji Bahali under Bijepur police limits in the tribal-dominated district to supervise work and distribute wages to the workmen.

However, the members of the outlawed group opened fire at Dash indiscriminately. He died on the spot.

Police arrived at the spot being informed about the incident and launched probe into the case.

“The armed miscreants came and asked Shivashankar for payment. He told them to get money from his clerk. They fired six rounds at him,” said brother of the deceased, Ramashankar Das.

Odisha CM ask probe to Andhra Pradesh CM about Shreyash’s Death

Shreyas KesharwaniOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday asked Andhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu for a probe by a special agency into the death of Shreyash’s Death, a Sambalpur teenager, in Visakhapatanam.

Shreyash Kesharwani, a student of Sri Chaitanya Junior College at Marikavalasa in Visakhapatnam city, was thrashed by a few college students that led to his death in January 2018.

The Odisha Chief Minister spoke to Naidu on phone and urged for a probe so as to bring out the truth behind the 16-year-old Sambalpur teenager’s death.

Earlier, the parents of Shreyas on Tuesday met the Chief Minister at the State Secretariat here.

On December 26, Shreyas had allegedly received repeated blows to his chest, for which he received treatment first at Rourkela and then in Bhubaneswar. The boy left for home in Garposh in Sambalpur, citing ill health on December 29. But, he succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Bhubaneswar on January 6.

The bereaved family claimed that the student succumbed to his injuries due to ragging by fellow students in the engineering college and that college authorities did not act on ragging complaints.