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Wedding ‘gift’ explodes, Groom and his grandmother killed

A bridegroom and his grandmother were killed and the bride was critically injured after a wedding gift received by the couple exploded when they tried to open it after the ceremonies were completed. The wedding had taken place five days ago and the tragic incident took place on Friday night in Patnagarh, Bolangir district.

The elderly woman was killed on the spot and her grandson succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Rourkela. The new bride Rima has been shifted to Cuttuck Hospital from Burl hospital.

The gift was given to the couple by an unidentified person at the marriage reception on February 21. It exploded when they opened the packet at home, the police said.

“The police have collected evidence and an investigation is on,” Patnagarh Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sesadeva Bariha said, adding that efforts were on to identify the person who had given the gift to the couple.

Bolangir Chief District Medical Officer S Mishra said the elderly woman was declared “brought dead” at the Bolangir district headquarters hospital.

”A man injured in the blast also died at the Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela,” he added.

Attack to RPF Inspector by Iron Rod in Titlagarh

RPF Sushil Pathak attacked Titilagarh

RPF inspector Sushil Pathak was attacked by three masked miscreants with an iron rod and he was injured seriously on the head. This was happend in late Saturday night while he was returning from duty.

Pathak was rescued and admitted to the Titilagarh sub-division hospital where he had to undergo at least 35 stitches on his head. After preliminary treatment, doctors referred him to the Divisional Railway hospital in Sambalpur for further treatment as his condition worsened.

Preliminary investigation revealed that three masked miscreants armed with iron rods carried out the attack. The police have not yet identified the three. The Government Railway Police (GRP) registered a case as per a complaint by Pathak and have launched a manhunt to nab the criminals.

Pathak is engaged at the RPF office in Titilagarh railway station. The incident occurred while he was returning to his Railway Colony residence late Saturday night. Meanwhile, the three masked miscreants, believed to be waiting for him, attacked him with iron rods.

A biker who happened to pass by came to Pathak’s help after hearing his screams. Later, with the help of neighbours and RPF officials, Pathak was taken to the sub-divisional hospital.

In his complaint, Pathak accused a person named Prasant Suna for threatening him over previous enmity. “Investigation is on and we will arrest the criminals soon,” GRP officer Mohan Nayak and Town police IIC Bijayanand Karkara said

State Pollution Control Board move to manage biomedical waste

The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has urged Sambalpur Collector to provide at least two acres of land at a strategic location in the district for developing common biomedical waste management facility. The facility will be developed to facilitate treatment and disposal of biomedical waste generated from the hospitals of Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balangir, Bargarh and Sonepur districts.

An SPCB official said Sambalpur has been considered as model district under the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s Global Environment Facility project for managing bio-medical waste generated from hospitals in the region in an environmentally sound manner.

A common biomedical waste management facility should be developed at Sambalpur to provide service to hospitals in five districts of the region, he said and added that though the Collector was asked to provide a patch of land at the earliest, no communication has been received so far.

Labourer’s Children, Wife Rescued from Telangana

Minister of State for Labour and Employment Prafulla Mallick on Tuesday said all efforts are being made to bring back the wife and children of migrant labourer, Bibek Chinda (42), who succumbed to burns on Monday.

Bibek along with his wife and two sons had gone to Telangana to work in a brick kiln in October. He belonged to Umagaon under Boudh district.

Contrary to Bibek’s dying declaration that his two sons were killed in a mishap at the kiln and wife kidnapped and gangraped by the kiln owner and his accomplices, Mallick claimed that the children are alive and the three family members of Bibek are being brought to Balangir.

The labourer was severely injured after coming in contact with a live wire at the kiln on Friday. In a bid to escape from the brick kiln, he boarded the Nagavalli Express from Hyderabad and got down at Balangir railway station on Sunday. Seeing him in a critical condition, the Government Railway Police admitted Bibek to Balangir Hospital, where he succumbed on Monday.

Receiving information, the district labour officials in Boudh contacted their Telangana counterparts who found out that the three are in the custody of the kiln owner.

Subsequently the authorities of the Home departments of the two States had a meeting in this regard and the local administration sent Bibek’s children and wife in a train to Balangir on Tuesday, Mallick said. They would reach Boudh on Wednesday.

Power Struggle May Cost BJD Dear in Sambalpur Civic Polls

Even as the district BJD camp is upbeat about its candidates victory in Sambalpur, Rairakhol and Rengali Assembly segments besides the Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat, power struggle within the unit is likely to have a bearing on the upcoming civic body polls.

The development, political observers feel, may spell doom for BJD in the district in the elections to Sambalpur Municipal Corporation which are pending after the Municipality was upgraded recently.

Sources said the newly elected Chairperson of WODC Kishore Mohanty was felicitated at a function in Rengali on Monday. However, Sambalpur district BJD president and Rairakhol MLA Rohit Pujari, Rengali BJD Zilla Parishad member Anjali Pradhan and BJD block president Mukunda Behera were conspicuous by their absence. Although Pujari parried questions on the issue, it is learnt that they were not invited to the function which was organised by a handful of Mohanty’s supporters. While there is no denying the fact that Pujari strengthened the party organisation in the district, Mohanty’s attempt to undermine Pujari has not gone down well in the ranks and files of the district BJD.

BJD workers said similar attempts by former finance minister Prasanna Acharya in the past had stunted the growth of BJD in the district till Pujari donned the mantle and built up a strong organisation which paid rich dividend in the recently concluded general elections. With Mohanty treading the same path, it is bound to have a reflection on the party’s performance in the Corporation polls, they added.

In fact, the BJD had entrusted Mohanty to strengthen the party’s base during polls in Rengali block till it was made an Assembly segment after delimitation. But the ruling party’s performance was dismal under Mohanty’s leadership. The very fact that he lost Assembly polls twice in a row from Jharsuguda to Congress’ Naba Kisore Das speaks volumes about his organisational prowess.

Election Peaceful in Balangir

Balangir: The election to Balangir Municipality and Titlagarh NAC ended peacefully on Tuesday. While 52.11 per cent polling was recorded in Balangir, it was 58.83 per cent in Titlagarh. For 21 councillor posts in Balangir Municipality, 68 candidates are in fray. Of them, 21 belong to Congress and BJD each while BJP fielded 16 candidates. Ten candidates fought the election as Independents.In Titlagarh NAC, out of 15 Wards, election was held for 14 Wards as the candidate for Ward 10 was declared elected uncontested. Total 44 candidates are in the fray for the NAC. However, no untoward incident was reported from both the civic bodies. Adequate security arrangements were made in both the towns to maintain law and order. The counting of votes will start at 8 am on Wednesday.