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Villagers come to rescue of ailing boy

Sixteen-year-old Chandrasekhar Pradhan of Kusanpuri village in Bargarh district awaits for a new life. And residents of his villagers are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that he gets one.

Chandrasekhar has been suffering from a serious disease which is yet to be diagnosed. Blood is oozing out of his mouth and anus. Though the boy has been admitted to the VSS Medical at Burla from June 5, doctors have not been able to find out what he is suffering from. In the meantime, he has been transfused 10 units of blood and referred to SCB Medical at Cuttack where he would undergo surgery.

Chandrasekhar PradhanComing from a poor background, Chandrasekhar lost his father Brushaba Pradhan four months back to diabetes. The financial condition at his home and the mental tension notwithstanding, the boy managed passed matriculation examination with first division, the results of which were declared recently. The family owned three acres of agricultural land which they had to sell off for treatment of Brushaba. When his mother and sister could not arrange money for Chandrasekhar’s treatment, the villagers decided to come to their rescue. Besides arranging funds to the tune of `7,500 to get him admitted to the VSS Medical, the villagers are also attending to him in the hospital on a rotation basis. They also donated blood that was transfused to the boy.

He would be taken to SCB Medical at Cuttack for further treatment on Monday and for that, his classmates and villagers have collected another `8,200 which will be handed over to his family.

Meanwhile, Sarpanch of Kusunpuri Surendra Bisi and Chandrasekhar’s mother Prem Shella have appealed to Good Samaritans to contribute financially towards his treatment. His sister Nirupama is studying in Class X and is also a bright student.

10 killed in Balangir mishap

As many as 10 persons, including two children and two women, were killed and seven of a wedding party were injured in an accident near Khaprakhol in Patnagarh sub-division of Balangir district on Thursday morning.

The accident took place when the victims were returning to their village after attending the party at Khujenpali near Bolangir town. The four-wheeler they were travelling in hit a tree after the driver lost control near Jogimunda on the Patnagarh-Khaprakhol route. Police identified the deceased as Laxmi Bag (40), Astami Hati (35), Swadin Bag (8), Dusmanta Bag (4), Dharani Dhar Bag (35), Kamalakanta Rout (20), Shyam Hati (35), Hari Gartia (21), Tiki Bariha (20), and Kanhu Singh Bariha (23).

Eye-witnesses said the victims were trapped inside the vehicle and it took hours to rescue the injured passengers. Seven persons were taken to the Patnagarh hospital for treatment. Four of them were injured to VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla. “We rushed to the spot after hearing about the accident and rescued the injured. It took us hours to rescue the injured persons from the mangled vehicle.” zilla parisad member of Khaprakhol Baijayanti Saraf and her husband Dhrub Saraf said.

The bodies of the deceased were handed over to their families after conducting autopsy. “We have taken all steps to provide medical care to the injured persons with the help of the district administration. A compensation of Rs one lakh would be given to the next of kin of the deceased from the chief minister’s relief fund,” SDPO (Patnagarh) Sunil Joshi said.

5 burnt to death inside state bus near Balangir

Fourteen people were killed in four separate mishaps in different parts of the state on Thursday. While five persons were charred to death when a bus caught fire at Puintala near Balangir town, around 330 km from Bhubaneswar, nine others were killed in separate mishaps in Sambalpur, Sonepur and Keonjhar districts.

Sources said an Odisha State Road Transport Corporation ( OSRTC) bus from Bhubaneswar to Sinapali in Nuapada district caught fire around 2.30 am on Thursday after it hit a roadside neem tree in front of the Puintala block office. “It seems a case of rash driving. The vehicle rammed into a tree. Five were burnt while many others were injured. The driver fled,” Balangir SP R Prakash said.

Police suspect short-circuit in the engine battery triggered the fire. Most of the passengers were asleep when the accident took place. Passengers broke window shields and jumped off the bus. Five persons, who got trapped inside, were burnt to death, passengers said.

Anshu Jain, a native of Rupra Road in Kalahandi district, lost her son and mother in the mishap. “There was a loud sound. When I woke up, my son and my mother were already into flames. I could not decide what to do and eventually jumped off the bus. I could not save them,” an inconsolable Anshu said. She had boarded the bus at Boudh with her son Atul (16) and mother Shakuntala Agarwal (70). They were on their way to Rupra Road. Anshu has fractured her right hand and has been admitted in Balangir district hospital. The other deceased include Sachin Patra (42), an advocate from Patnagarh. Two other bodies were yet to be identified.

Of the 47 injured, condition of two persons was stated to be critical. “We referred two women who sustained head injuries besides severe burns to VSS Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack. They were serious,” said Balangir chief district medical officer Bikrant Kindo. Kindo said 26 passengers were discharged after first-aid while others were hospitalized.

Locals said the mishap occurred because the tree is on the middle of the road after recent expansion. “After the road was broadened, the tree is on the middle of the road. There is no radioactive light pasted on the tree as is the usual practice,” said a resident of Puintala.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced Rs 1 lakh ex-gratia for kin of the deceased. Besides the police probe, the commerce and transport department has also ordered a parallel inquiry. “I have ordered an inquiry to find out what led to the accident,” commerce and transport minister Surbat Tarai said.

Around 55 km away from the accident spot in Balangir, three others were killed when their car hit a roadside tree at Shindhol on Sambalpur-Sonepur road under Sonepur district. Sources said nine persons from Bolangir’s Lukapara village were returning to their village on Thursday after attending a wedding party at Jhankarpali near Sambalpur town. Two persons, identified as Nehru Naik and Basista Pradhan, died on the spot. One Sridhar Naik died at VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla.

In another accident, five persons were killed when a jeep and a car collided head on near Charmal between Sambalpur and Rairakhol. While three were killed on the spot, two succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital. Police identified the deceased as Premananda Pradhan, Akhil Kumar Sahu, Prafulla Pradhan, Judhistir Biswal and car driver Jogeswar Mohanty. They were all in the jeep.

Open firing over green card in Sambalpur

Akhaya Biswal and Ambika parua had a dispute over a green card and in the meantime Akhaya Biswal shot Parua by a desi gun. The family members immediately rushed Padua to VSS Medical College Hospital, Burla after first aid treatment in a local hospital.

The accused fled the spot immediately after the incident, while the police have launched a manhunt to nab him. Doctors stated Ambika padua is in good condition, after the bullet removed from the lady’s cheek by surgery. This incident is taken place in Sareipali village under Jamankira police station, sambalpur.


Kartika Purnima marred by accidents, deaths

The celebration of the maritime glory of Odisha on the occasion of Kartika Purnima on Wednesday was marred by the death of eight persons in separate road mishaps and a drowning incident in different districts.

A truck rammed into a roadside tree in Sambalpur, killing two men travelling in the truck. The deceased were identified as Sunil Sahu (30) of Jarpada and Pradeep Sahu (24) of Rairakhol, police said. The accident occurred at Rambadmal along the Sambalpur-Cuttack highway when the truck’s driver, Rinku Seth (28), lost control of the vehicle, veering it off the road. A profusely bleeding Seth was rushed to VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla. “His condition was stable,” inspector in-charge of Jujomora police station PK Dash said.