BJP to protest Bijepur firing in 30 dists

The BJP will launch a State-wide agitation on Tuesday to protest the firing at the house of party activist at Padagaon in Bijepur. This was decided at an emergent meeting of the party chaired by party president Basanta Panda. Accusing ruling BJD of trying to instill fear in the minds of people in the constituency ahead of the byelection, the BJP said it will not be cowed down by violent activities spons o red by the St a t e Government.

“As many as 14 BJP workers have been killed by the ruling party activists in the last three and half years and the Odisha Police have done nothing to arrest the criminals involved in those murder cases. The firing incident in Bijepur is a well thought out plan of BJD to silence BJP workers. The BJP will fight it out democratically by taking up the issue to the people,” State BJP general secretary Bhrugu Baxipatra told reporters after the meeting. National BJP general secretary Arun Singh, who is here on a twoday visit, said the Bijepur incident is the panic reaction of the ruling party which is fast losing it popularity.

“Fearing defeat in the Bijepur bypoll which will be announced anytime soon, the BJD has resorted to violence. The ruling party had resorted to similar violent activities during the election to the three-tier panchayati raj election in the State last year,” Singh said on his arrival here. Baxipatra said attack on BJP leaders visiting Bargarh district has become a common feature. Union Ministers Santosh Gangwar and Niranjan Jyoti and former chief minister of Jharkhand Arjun Munda were attacked during their visit to Bargarh districts.

The party has decided to take the issue to the people by staging demonstration in all the district headquarters of the State on Tuesday to protest Bijepur firing. A delegation of the BJP led by Panda also submitted a memorandum to Additional Chief Secretary Home Asit Tripathy demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the firing and protection to Manoranjan Meher whose house was attacked.

Vizag cops begin probe as ragging death sparks fury in Sambalpur

Shreyas Ragging Death sambalpurWith Sambalpur seething in rage over the death of 16-year-old Shreyas Kesharwani allegedly due to ragging, Visakhapatnam police have already started an inquiry after their Sambalpur counterpart established contact with them.

While parents of Shreyas have accused three students of ragging and charged the management of Sri Chaitanya Junior College at Marikavalasa with negligence, Pothina Mallayya (PM) Palem Police in Visakhapatnam said it would examine the video in which Shreyas had apparently named the students who had assaulted him. PM Palem Inspector K Lakshmana Murthy said Shreyas had informed Lakshmana Rao, vice-principal of Sri Chaitanya Junior College at Marikavalasa, about severe body pains after “slipping in the bathroom”. He was soon taken to a hospital and his parents were informed about the matter.

“Odisha police say the parents of the student recorded a video before his death in which he has named the students who thrashed him. He has also blamed the management of negligence and said he had informed school authorities about his injuries,” Murthy explained. The inspector said the Vice-Principal ruled out the possibility of a fight between students and claimed Shreyas had approached him saying he had fallen down. Besides, all the three students against whom Shreyas had complained are on vacation, he said. “The video recording needs to be checked. Postmortem report will be crucial,” added Murthy.

Sambalpur SP Sanjiv Arora said a police team from Sambalpur is on its way to hand over the case to its Visakhapatnam counterpart. He has also written to his counterpart on the matter.Shreyas was allegedly thrashed by a few students of the college. He left for home in Garposh of Odisha citing ill health on December 29, but succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Bhubaneswar on January 6.

The boy’s death sparked protests in his hometown after his family held the college management responsible for his death as it could not prevent ragging. Irate locals blocked Bamra-Garposh road demanding action against the school management and the students who ragged the deceased. The demonstrators also staged a rail-roko at Garposh Railway Station to express their protest.

On December 29, Shreyas’s father Shailesh Kesharwani moved him to Odisha after a medical check-up. A few days later, the 16-year-old complained of severe pain in his chest and limbs. He was rushed to Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela and shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on January 5 after his condition deteriorated. However, he succumbed while undergoing treatment in the hospital on Saturday.
In-charge Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Kuchinda in Sambalpur Amitav Panda said the victim’s family had registered a complaint with the police against three students of the school.

Bandh in Sambalpur to protest the death of ragged student

Protest at Bamra Block, Bandh in sambalpurNormal life was hit as residents of Garposh under Bamra block staged an eight-hour bandh in sambalpur on Sunday due to a death of a Class XI student who allegedly died at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar after being ragged in his school at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

Bandh in Sambalpur to protest the death of a student Shreyash Kesharwani, who was beaten up by three to four students in Sri Chaitanya College at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

Shops and markets remained closed at Garposh which is a business centre of Bamra. Irate locals blocked Bamra-Garposh road keeping the body of the 16-year-old Shreyash Kesharwani at Garposh Chowk. The agitators demanded action against the culprits involved in the ragging and the school authorities.

The bandh in sambalpur began at around 6 am in the morning and continued till 2 pm. Kuchinda legislator Rabi Naik and former MLA Rajendra Chhatria also joined the agitators. This apart, locals also staged rail roko at Garposh railway station and detained Rourkela-Sambalpur DMU besides two goods trains for about one hour.

However, the agitators called off the rail roko after district officials and police assured them of a proper investigation into the incident.

Rail Roko, Bandh in sambalpur As per reports, Shreyash was staying in school hostel at Visakhapatnam. On December 26, some students allegedly thrashed Shreyash severely. He sustained injuries and informed the school vice-principal about the incident. Subsequently, he was treated at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam.

Two days after the incident, Shreyash callled his father Sailesh Kesharwani and informed that he had slipped in the bathroom. Sailesh went to Visakhapatnam and brought his son with him on December 30. However, Shreyash did not tell the real cause of his injury to his father even after reaching home.

A few days later, the 16-year-old complained of severe chest pain and pain in his limbs. He was rushed to Ispat General Hospital at Rourkela and shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on January 5 after his condition deteriorated. However, he succumbed while undergoing treatment at the hospital in the Capital on Saturday.

In-charge SDPO of Kuchinda Amitav Panda said the victim’s family has lodged complaint against three students of the school. The complaint will be transferred to Pothinamallayya Palem police station in Visakhapatnam as the incident had occurred under its jurisdiction.

Sambalpur boy dies after being ‘ragged’

A 16-year-old Sambalpur boy, who had allegedly faced ragging at his school in Andhra Pradesh in December last year, died in a hospital in the Capital on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Shreyash Kesharwani of Garposh village in Sambalpur district. He was studying at a school in Visakhapatnam.According to Nilesh Kesharwani, uncle of Shreyash, his nephew was savagely beaten by his colleagues in December and he was threatened not to reveal about the incident to anyone.

“Shreyash had not informed about the incident for about two days. He later called his father Sailesh and my brother rushed to bring him back,” Nilesh said.“Shreyash was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam and the doctors had advised him one month bed rest. My brother brought him back, but his condition deteriorated. We then admitted him at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar where he died on Saturday,” he added.

The family members of Shreyash, who was studying in Class XI, alleged that the school authorities had also not informed them about the incident. The deceased had reportedly developed some heart and lungs ailment after the incident. Meanwhile, Shreyash’s family have lodged a complaint in this regard with Sambalpur police.

Kansa’s death wraps up 11-day festival of Dhanu Yatra

Curtains came down on the 11-day festival of Dhanu Yatra here on Tuesday. The festival ended with the death of tyrannical King Kansa at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna and coronation of Ugrasen. Around 3,000 artistes of 120 cultural troupes from across the country performed in the Dhanu Yatra this time.

During Dhanu Yatra, Bargarh transforms into Mathura. River Jeera symbolically represents river Yamuna and Ambapali, which is located on the other side of the river Jeera, turns into Gopapur.

The tyrannical rule of Kansa, his death and the ‘Balya Leela’ of Lord Krishna are enacted at 14 main places in Mathura and Gopapur.

The final act presented Lord Krishna, accompanied by brother Balaram, entering the court of Kansa in a beautifully decorated chariot. Earlier, at the invitation of Kansa, Lord Krishna was brought to Mathura along with Balaram by Akrura, Minister of Kansa, to participate in Dhanu Yatra.

A worried Kansa lost his senses after being informed that Krishna was fast approaching his Raj Durbar to participate in Dhanu Yatra. Though Kansa went berserk, he tried to put up a brave front. After a brief battle, the bulky tyrant tumbled down the stairs of his Durbar. An effigy of Kansa was burnt to mark the end of his tyrannical rule. Lakhs of visitors from across the Sate thronged the festival venue.

Meanwhile, experts in Bargarh opined that since the inception of Dhanu Yatrra, youths of a particular caste are playing the role of Lord Krishna.

“Though Krishna belonged to the milkman community (Gouda) in mythology, his character is always enacted by children of a particular caste. There is no dearth of youngsters in Gouda community here (Ambapali). But, they never get a chance to play Krishna’s role on stage,” experts alleged.

The residents of Amapali turn vegetarians during Dhanu Yatra. Since Lord Krishna and Balaram put up at Amapali during the yatra, locals refrain from having non-vegetarian food as a mark of respect.