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Five pilgrims die, six injured in road accident

Five people were killed and six injured, two of them critically, when the vehicle in which they were travelling in collided with a truck on NH-6 near Godabhanga under Atabira Police station in Sambalpur district today.

Police said all the injured were admitted to the VSS Medical College and hospital, Burla.

Police identified the deceased as Pradip Chindra (33), Gayatri Chindra (3), Sukanti Saraf (53), Gitanjali Saraf (59) and Supreet Saraf (19).

According to police the accident occurred while members of two families were returning to their homes in Sambalpur after having a darshan of Lord Harishankar, a renowned Shaiva pitha in Bolangir District.

All of them belong to one family of Barbazar in Sambalpur town. Five other persons of the same family who were also traveling in the same vehicle along with the driver were critically injured and admitted to the VSS medical college at Burla. Hospital sources said the condition of four was very critical, The family members had darshan of Harishankar in Balangir district on Sunday.They were returning home when the mishap took place.While four of them died on the spot and another succumbed to the injury in the hospital.

The incident has sent shock wave in the entire Barbazar due to the untimely deaths of five members of a family.

Media persons attacked in Bargarh, Odisha becoming hell for journalists

 HNF Correspondent
Attacks on media persons by evil powers of Society in Odisha are still on. In another such incident journalists and media were attacked on 19th June 2012 by a Paediatric Specialist Dr Prafulla Patra owning a private clinic “The Child”.

As per an FIR filed by the media persons the Doctor and his family man handled and did literally beat the media person in his private Clinic. When he was asked about a specific allegation of harassing a dalit family for giving the bill for the amount it charged against few days treatment of a seven month old baby. The reporters and media persons attacked were Byomakesh Kara of a local TV news channel Kamyab TV, Rajesh Saraf of Naxatra TV, Badriprasad Sahu of Seashore TV, Sanjib Mahapatra, Editor of Local Odia weekly ‘Kosal Times’.
 
Background of the case
Reports said that one Kishore Chandra Meher of village Kandlei in Balangir district had admitted his seven-month old daughter on April 27 in Child Care Nursing Home run by Dr. Patra. However, as the condition of the girl child did not improve even after 14-days of treatment and the parents of the baby saw their child was not given due attention, the parents wanted to shift the girl child to VSS Medical College Hospital in Burla and asked Dr Patra to discharge the baby. Dr. Patra while referring the seek baby to VSS Medical at Burla charged Rs. 23,000 to Kishore Chandra Meher without giving any instant Bill but asking the parents to come later and take the bill. In the meantime, the mother of the baby went under severe mental stress seeing her daughter kept in a very unhealthy space in the clinic and given no proper medical attention.

The plight of the innocent family didn’t end here but it was just the beginning. Once the daughter got well with treatment at VSS Medical College Hospital, Kishore again turned up to ‘The Child’ to collect the bill. Instead of 23000 rupees, as Kishore paid to the Clinic authorities while shifting his daughter, a bill for 16000 rupees was only given. When Kishore objected to this, that bill was also torn by Dr Patro as a straight denial to give any bill from the Clinic.

Finding no other way, Kishore then approached the Reporters and explained the kind of harassment he had been facing from the Doctor.

Reason of attack
Realising that a proper bill would really help the poor man to seek some aid from the government as he was also a dalit, the reporters with their crew visited the private hospital and asked the doctor about the case. As the doctor denied to have admitted any such patient in his clinic, Kishore was presented by the reporters and it made the Doctor angry. When the media persons also raised the issue of negligence during treatment of the baby and insisted that a bill for the exact amount be given to Kishore, the Doctor and his wife were almost enraged and started physically assaulting the scribes as seen in the video (see at the top of the report).

This is the second assault on media persons by Dr Patra. Earlier, Dr Patra misbehaved another journalist Ashok Pradhan working with the Times of India newspaper.

Police in action
An FIR has been submitted by the assaulted reporters after the incident. But there has been no arrest so far. When representatives of District Journalists’ forums wanted to know the status of the case, Police just washed its hands saying that the Doctor and his wife are absconding and are still untraceable. The clinic is locked since the next day.

Members of civil society organisations allege that police is just avoiding to take strong action by giving such a plea because the Doctor can be easily traced as all his records would be with the government. It’s to be noted that Dr Patra was a Government Doctor in Bargarh District and was transferred to Kalahandi district in 2009. Even though Patra was relieved from Bargarh, he didn’t join in kalahandi but running the nursing home. It’s not known whether the Doctor is still on leave or continue to be an absentee without intimation.

Series of events in the particular case raise more questions apart from the simple allegations of assault. It is evident from the case that the privately run medical grossly lacks financial transparency. Giving a bill for a lesser amount than it collected indicates that the nursing home is into the business of tax hoarding which is an offence on the face of Indian laws.

So, instead of dealing with it just as a case of assault, Police must also investigate into the financial irregularities of the clinic run by Dr Patra.

Not a lone case
This is not the lone case of physical assault on journalist in Odisha. Cases of Journalists being attacked by evil forces in the state are increasing day by day. Even after repeated appeals by media persons and media rights organisations, the state government is yet to take the safety issues of journalists seriously. The callousness from the government drives Odisha to become a hell for journalists and a place of difficulties for the profession of journalism.

Source:
http://hotnhitnews.com/Attack-on-journalists-in-Bargarh-Odisha-becoming-hell-for-journalists-Hotnhitnews-Odisha-India-05825062012.htm

An UTP attempted self-immolation at the Sambalpur jail on friday

An UTP(Under Trial Prisoner) attempted self-immolation at the Sambalpur Circle Jail on Friday.  A native of Kesinga in Kalahandi, Amosh Nag (28) has sustained 90 per cent burn injuries. On Friday morning, he doused himself with kerosene and had set himself on fire.

He was rushed to the Jail Hospital by the staff and later shifted to VVS Medical College and Hospital at Burla where his condition is stated to be critical. He had used the kerosene issued to light lantern at night. Reports said Nag was arrested by Khetrajpur Police in the town on attempt to rape charges and remanded in judicial custody.

Youth attacks doctor to avenge wife’s death

Kamal Lochan Behera, a gynecologist of Deogarh government hospital, was severely injured when a youth attacked him with a sword at Deogarh town on Monday evening.

The youth held the doctor responsible for his wife’s death and attacked him when the doctor was attending patients in his private clinic. The doctor, who is also the district ADMO, was taken to the hospital for treatment after he sustained injuries on his face and hand and was later shifted to Cuttack.

The accused, identified as Madan Sahu of Samantarapali under Deogarh police limits, surrendered before the police after the incident. He alleged before the police that his wife died due to the doctor’s negligence and he took steps to take revenge.

Sources said his wife was admitted in Deogarh hospital few days back but the doctor referred her to VSS Medical college hospital of Burla because of her critical condition where she died during treatment. “We arrested the accused after he surrendered before the police. A case has been registered and the investigation is on”, a police officer of Deogarh police station said.

A pilgrimage turns tragic, 10 dead

Religious trip turned fatal for 21 members of three families after a coal-laden truck rammed the MUV in which they were travelling at Gurupali Chhak under Rengali police limits on State Highway 10, on Monday night.

The accident left 10 persons dead while two among the injured, Mohammad Idu (35) and Sheikh Razak (18),? have been shifted to Ispat General Hospital at Rourkela where their condition was stated to the critical.

The deceased have been identified as Sheikh Salim, his mother Saira Begum (46), wife Rehena Begum (27) and daughter Sahim Khatun (6), Mohammad Sohail (25), his wife Bibi Rizwana (22) and three-year old daughter Mehar, Ruby Begum (28), driver of the MUV Nasim Khan (32) besides another three-year-old Nazia Khatun.

While three died on the spot, the others succumbed to their injuries at VSS Medical in Burla. The injured include Sheikh Firoz (32), Sama Parveen (24), Nagina Thakur (23), Sheikh Jafar (4), Sama Khatun (3), Sheik Nawab (4), Sahiba Khatun (3) and Samia Parveen (3). They were discharged after medical attention at Rengali CHC.

Reports said the three families from Gandhinagar in Belpahar left for Kanika in Hemgir block of Sundargarh on Monday morning to offer ‘Chadar’ at a Dargah on the occasion of Urs. Later, they left for sight seeing at Hirakud dam and after having dinner at a hotel, they started for Belpahar when the accident took place.

Locals said the impact of the collision was such that it was impossible to make out the vehicle model. Even as the truck overturned, the? driver managed to flee.

The story of the heart wrenching mishap did not end there. A couple of hours later, three persons were injured when their car hit the overturned truck. They were on their way to Beleimunda in Sundargarh from Rairakhol. The injured identified as Mohammad Rao Sheikh, Bablu and Bhiku have been admitted to VSS Medical.