High alert in sambalpur 30 injured with 10 cops

The alleged custodial death of a 22-year-old theft accused, Abinash Munda of Bhalupali, turned the Ainthapali police station in the city into a war zone on Friday morning. High alert has been sounded in Sambalpur city in the wake of the riot-like situation.

Though police claimed that Abinash hung himself in the custody, the people of Bhalupali area alleged that the youth was beaten to death by the police. The irate mob ransacked the Ainthapali police station before setting it on fire following the news of the death spread this morning. The mob also set the seized vehicles, which were there on the premises of the police station, on fire. Sources said important official documents and furniture of the police station got damaged in the incident.

The berserk mob pelted stone at the police station injuring five cops and blocked the Sambalpur-Rourkela State Highway-10. The road blockade is still on and hundreds of vehicles have been stranded on either side of busy highway.

Reports said that Abinash Munda was detained by the police in connection with a theft case from a Kalyan Mandap under the Ainthapali police station area in the city on Thursday. However, he was found hanging with bed sheet in the custody on the wee hour on Friday.

DGP RP Sharma suspended Ainthapali police station’s inspector-in-charge. Two other cops of the police station were also suspended.

Inspector general Sushant Nath said the human rights protection cell of Odisha Police will find out the cause of custodial death — whether theft suspect Abhinas Munda committed suicide in custody or was beaten to death.
Hours after the violence broke out, IG Sushant Nath has claimed that the situation was under control. Police said action would be taken against those who wrecked havoc and vandalised the police station.

Additional director general of police (human rights protection cell), Mahendra Pratap, said a team would rush to Ainthapali to probe the alleged custodial death.
A rights campaigner has filed a petition before the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) seeking stringent action against officials of the Ainthapali police station involved in the alleged custodial death and compensation for the kin of the deceased.Meanwhile, DGP RP Sharma has ordered a departmental inquiry against three suspended cops, whose alleged negligence led to the custodial death.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep grief at the death of a person at Aainthapali police station Sambalpur. The CM conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved family. He announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased.

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.