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Two businessmen injured in hafta wasuli at Golebazar

Two businessmen injured in hafta wasuli at GolebazarTwo persons were injured, including one critically, when some miscreants shot at a businessman on Friday in Gole Bazar area near the Town police station.

Sources said the miscreants on Thursday had demanded extortion money from Sitaram Sahu, a rice vendor, but the latter had refused. On the contrary, Sahu, accompanied by fellow vendors and his son, had lodged an FIR against the miscreants on Thursday. Irked over this, the miscreants on Friday evening fired at Sahu. Soon, Sahu was rushed to the district headquarters hospital, where after preliminary treatment he was shifted to the VSS Medical College Hospital at Burla. Sahu received severe head injury, while another man standing nearby received minor injury in the firing.

“We have seized a pistol from the area. We will arrest them miscreants soon,” said ASP DK Deo. Protesting the firing, businessmen of the area held a road blockade in Gole Bazar demanding their safety and met the SP for action against the miscreants.

5 hardcore criminals nabbed, special team to help curb crimes

 The police on Monday arrested five hardcore criminals involved in different crimes including the recent one at Sarlakani Dhaba where they opened fire on innocent customers.

The arrested persons were identified as Rupesh Kusum, Ashis Aind, Amit Sandha, Siba Bag and Buti Suna.

The police also seized one mouser, two bikes, three mobile phones and live ammunition from their possession, Sambalpur SP Nikhil Kumar Kanodia told the media.

Rupesh Kusum, Ashis Aind and Amit Sandha were involved in the August 21 firing at Sarlakani of Sambalpur under the Dhanupali police station on silly matters. Since then, the police were chasing them as they are instrumental in different other criminal occurrences in the town.

“Rupesh is a resident of Bohidarbandh of the town and is a hardcore criminal. Eight months back, he fled away from police custody while undergoing treatment in the Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital at Burla. He had been absconding since then,” said Kanodia while detailing out his criminal track records.

Similarly, in another breaktrough, the police arrested Siba Bag and his accomplice Buti Suna who looted a bike on September 2 from Ainthapali. While the police had  registered a case against them earlier, they arrested the duo on Tuesday.

As many as twenty cases and all of grievous nature are pending in the name of Siba Bag in different police stations of Sambalpur. Similarly, 10 cases are there in the name of Buti Suna in the Ainthapali and the Town police stations. The looted bike has also been seized from the duo, Kanodia informed.

DIG of Police (northern range) Sanjay Kumar who was present in the media conference said that a special team will be formed in Sambalpur to curb crimes. “The team will be headed by a senior inspector and its prime job will be to keep vigil on crimes and track the criminals in the town and the district as well,” Kumar informed.

HC notice to Railways on Sambalpur train mishap

 The Orissa High Court yesterday issued notices to the state government and the Railways to file counters within two weeks on a PIL seeking Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the families of 14 persons killed in a train accident near Sambalpur last month.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice S K Mishra issued notices to the respondents, returnable within 15 days. The high court also directed the Odisha government to provide proper treatment free of cost to the persons injured in the accident in which an express train hit a vehicle in which the victims were crossing the railway track at an unmanned level crossing. Advocate and social activist Prabir Das filed the PIL last month stating that 13 of the 14 deceased were women all belonging to the scheduled caste community.

Since they were agricultural workers and their families were covered under BPL category, the petitioner had justified filing the PIL as the Railways had refused to compensate the families of the victims. At least four injured persons are now under treatment at the VSS medical college and hospital in Burla.

Firing at roadside dhaba creates flutter in Sambalpur

The firing incident that took place in Sambalpur’s Sarlakani area on Tuesday afternoon has created panic in the town. This was second such case here in five days and the sixth in last two months.

Police sources said the victim, identified as Md Sonnu, was at a road side dhaba along with his two friends when four persons came on two bikes and asked the dhaba workers to serve food. Since it was late in night, they were unable to serve food immediately. The guests got angry and started scolding the boys. One of them fired at Sonnu when he interfered. The bullet struck him on his right shoulder and the assailants fled the spot leaving Sonnu in a pool of blood. Sonnu was first admitted to the district headquarters hospital and later shifted to VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla. He was later shifted to a Cuttack hospital later in the night.

“We have registered a case and started a manhunt for the culprits. But we have not yet succeeded in arresting them,” Dhanupali police inspector P K Rout said on Wednesday.

Firing incidents have become a regular affair in Sambalpur and adjoining areas, locals have alleged. SP Nikhil kanodia has formed a special squad to curb these incidents, a senior police officer of the district said.

On August 16, two youths were shot at in front of Gangadhar Meher College. It was a fall out of rivalry between two gangs. Earlier on July 21, a firing incident took place near a liquor shop on a highway in Tangarpali area of the town.

Girl dies of medicine ‘overdose’

 In an example of how private nursing homes hijack patients through agents, a family, lured into one of them, had to pay with their daughter’s life.

A 10-year-old girl under treatment at a private nursing home here died allegedly due to overdose of medicine on Thursday. Child’s grandfather B Ram Babu has filed a complaint with the Burla police station. The girl has been identified as G Ramaiya of Badpiplipali village in Bargarh. She was suffering from fever and taken to the local hospital on July 27 where doctors referred her to VSS Medical at Burla.

However, family members of the girl fell into the trap of an unscrupulous agent who took them to the house of a paediatrician. After examining the child, the doctor asked her parents to admit her to the nursing home on Wednesday. Family members alleged that instead of examining her properly, the doctor administered two antibiotics to her in the nursing home.

Soon after, the girl got numb and did not even move her limbs. Although Babu reported the matter to the para medical staff, they refused to act and asked him to wait till the doctor comes. When the doctor did not turn up, Babu went to his home only to be turned back.  Later in the evening, she was diagnosed with jaundice and administered another injection. On Thursday morning, Ramaiya’s condition deteriorated and developed respiratory problems. She died at 11 am before the doctor reached the hospital to treat her.

While the diagnosis report of Ramaiya confirmed jaundice, family members alleged that overdose of antibiotics and wrong treatment resulted in the death.