Sambalpur on Boil: Locals ransack, torch police station over custodial death

Protesting the death of a man in police custody at Ainthapali police station in Sambalpur district late Thursday night, locals today wreaked havoc and ransacked the station premises. Property worth lakhs of rupees have been damaged during the incident, however fire personnel could not reach the spot due to road blockade by the local people.

The mob also torched almost all the vehicles kept on the police station premises.

Sambalpur on Boil Locals ransack, torch police station over custodial death

To bring situation under control, police resorted to lathicharge after some agitators pelted stones and scuffled with the cops. Senior police officials including Sambalpur SP Sanjeev Arora have been monitoring the situation at the spot. As many as 7 platoons of police force have been deployed at the spot to control the situation.

Several people have been injured during the scuffle with police and admitted to hospital.

As per information, the locals went berserk after one Abinash Munda of Bhalupali village, who was arrested in connection with a theft case on Wednesday, was found hanging in the lockup on Thursday.

Family members alleged that Abinash was also brutally beaten up by cops as the body had injury marks at several places.

Irate over the incident, locals staged a road blockade near Bhalupali affecting vehicular traffic on Sambalpur-Jharsuguda road today morning.

Police took the body to district headquarters hospital and conducted inquest in presence of magistrate and family members. Later, they sent the body to VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla for post-mortem.

On the one hand, the family members of the deceased alleged that Munda was beaten to death in the custody while the police claimed that he had committed suicide.

Briefing mediapersons, DGP RP Sharma said the IIC of the Ainthapali police station Srimanta Barik and other staff including the Diary Charge Officer (DCO) and Sentry in charge have been placed under suspension and strong departmental action will be initiated against them.

“The task of investigation of the case pertaining to the death of the accused in the custody has been given to the HRPC. Apart from this, Northern Range IG has been asked to conduct an independent inquiry at his level and submit a report quickly. Sambalpur SP has also been asked to submit a joint report with the District Magistrate as per the mandatory requirement and all possible and strong action will be ensured by the police,” Sharma said.


ECI appointed new SP and Collector in Bargarh

The Election Commission of India has decided to appoint new SP and Collector in Bargarh district. This is happened for the coming by-poll election of  Bijepur Assembly constituency which is scheduled for February 24th.

The ECI has asked the state government to recommend the names of three IAS officers and three IPS officers belonging to the Odisha cadre who have experience in conducting elections.
From the suggested names, one IAS officer will be selected for the post of Collector and an IPS officer will be appointed as SP of the district, official sources said Wednesday.

The Home Department has already recommended the names of three IPS officers of the Odisha cadre for appointment as SP of the district. The IPS officers, whose names were recommended are – Jai Narayan Pankaj, K. Siva Subramani and Pinak Mishra. The General Administration Department has also sent the list of IAS officers for the post of Collector, the source said.

Collector Khagendra Padhi

Collector Khagendra Padhi

SP B. Jugal Kishor

SP B. Jugal Kishor

The new SP will replace the current SP, IPS officer Jugal Kishor Kumar Banoth. The new Collector will replace IAS officer Khagendra Kumar Padhi.
A seven-member BJP delegation led by state in-charge Arun Singh had filed a complaint with the ECI against Bargarh Collector and Superintendent of Police in November 2017, demanding transfer of the duo. The BJP had alleged that a free and fair by-poll cannot be held in Bijepur if the officials are not transferred.

Sambalpur Railway Division decides to resume train services

Sambalpur Railway StationSambalpur Railway Division decided to restore the round-way services of Rourkela-Koraput Express temporarily on tri-weekly basis from Sunday. Rourkela-Koraput Express will leave Rourkela every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from Sunday while it will leave Koraput every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Similarly, the services of Visakhapatnam-Durg passenger will be restored temporarily on tri-weekly basis till March 31 for both ways. The Visakhapatnam -Durg Passenger will leave Visakhapatnam every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from Tuesday. The Durg -Visakhapatnam passenger will depart from Durg every Wednesday, Saturday and Monday from Wednesday onwards.

Both the trains will run according to the scheduled timings, stoppages and composition as notified in the time-table. The services of the trains were suspended after the Railway Bridge on Nagavali river was washed away due to flood near Theruvali in Rayagada district on July 16, last year.

Odisha CM demands more trains in current Railway Budget 2018

On Thursday,  Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the Center should immediately fulfill the just demands of the state for a daily Rajdhani to Delhi via Sambalpur and a new pair of trains to Allahabad and Mumbai.

In his reaction on the Budget for the railway sector, CM said that his government is expecting that the just demands of the state like daily Rajdhani services via Sambalpur, a train to Allahabad from Balangir and a new daily express train to Mumbai in the name of Paika leader Baxi Jagabandhu will be announced immediately.

“Odisha contributes a major chunk of the Indian Railways’s earning and it is natural that it should get its due share,“ the CM said, adding, “While the outlay for Odisha in the railway sector is yet to be known, we hope this year the allotment will be made as per our demand.”

Odisha CM demands more trains in current Railway Budget 2018


The CM said that spending by Railways in Odisha is worrisome. “The actual expenditure by Railways in Odisha is low and it is expected to be below 60 per cent of the Budget outlay for the entire year, similar to the trends in the recent past, which is worrisome.”

Further the CM lamented, “Announcements were made on re-development of 600 railway stations. Two years ago the announcement was made for 400 stations, but nothing has happened in this sector, especially for Odisha.”

He said though the state government has offered to make the Bhubaneswar railway station a world class station funded by the state and on state government land, Railways has not come forward to sign the MoU in this connection.

Kalahandi Bandh: Protesting for chance given to outsider in Sikhya Sahayak posts

Normal life was disrupted during a 12-hour bandh in Kalahandi district called by various political parties and outfits in protest against certificate verification of candidates from other districts for appointments to Sikhya Sahayak posts Wednesday.

Since 6 am, the agitators burnt tyres and laid large pipes on roads while staging blockades at various intersections such as Manikeshwari High School Square, Dayanidhi Square, Ghodaghat Square, Jail Square and other places to enforce the bandh call.

The bandh threw life out of gear as commuters had a harrowing time. All business establishments, schools, colleges, courts and offices remained closed while vehicles stopped plying during the period. The impact of the bandh was felt the most in Bhawanipatna town while it was partial in other places of the district.

As a result of the bandh, candidates from other districts who had applied for Sikhya Sahayak posts were put to untold sufferings on the third and last day of their certificate verification. Many candidates who had come for certificate verification were seen walking on the highway to Bhawanipatna town.

A disabled candidate Jaladhar Palei coming from Puri were seen being carried on shoulders by his guardian for over 6 km from the Bhawanipatna railway station to the DIET centre for certificate verification.

All the CT and BEd trained candidates from the district and members of various political parties except the BJD as well as many local outfits supported the bandh.

The district administration, to thwart of any untoward incident, had turned the town into a fortress by deploying police forces at major intersections and entry and exit points of the town.

A delegation of the protestors led by former minister Pradipta Nayak, BJP vice-president Badri Narayan Pattanik and PCC secretary Simanta Khamari broke the police cordon and tried to barge inside the DIET centre after their talks with the collector failed. Police arrested them as they scuffled with the former.

A total of 3,835 shortlisted candidates from in and outside of the district had applied for 1,605 (553 posts for BSc BEd, 374 BA BEd, 506 Plus Two Science CT and 272 Plus Two Arts CT) Sikshya Sahayaks posts in Kalahandi district.

The district Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan authorities had invited the candidates for certificate verification to the DIET office for three days starting January 29.

The agitators said aspirants from the district have been waiting for the Sikhya Sahayak jobs for the last six years.

The state government, however, made the appointments statewide enabling candidates from other districts to apply for the post in Kalahandi. This led to resent among the local job seekers