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Naveen seeks SRE coverage for 4 districts

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday reiterated Odisha’s demand for inclusion of Nuapada, Bargarh, Balangir and Kalahandi districts in the centrally sponsored Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme.

In a letter to Union home minister P Chidambaram, Naveen pointed out that there has been a significant rise in naxal violence in parts of Chhattisgarh bordering Odisha as well as Nuapada, Balnagir and Bargarh districts. “Maoists are building up a base in Sunabeda reserve forest of Nuapada and its adjoining areas. They are also trying to spread their network along the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border by creating and consolidating bases in Nuapada, Baragrh, Balnagir and Kalahandi districts of western Odisha,” he said.

Upper caste people torch Dalit houses

At least 30 houses of Dalits were torched by the upper caste community at Lathor village in Balangir district on Sunday night, following a clash between the two groups over a petty issue.

The situation had escalated beyond control, with people so incensed that they even torched the fire-fighting vehicle that was brought in to extinguish the fire. No media persons were allowed to enter the village. The situation was brought under control only after the deployment of armed police late in the night.

The victims were given shelter in a local high school after they were rescued by police. A shop owner, who was injured seriously in the incident, was shifted to VSS Medical college hospital of Burla on Monday. Police arrested 42 villagers.Four platoons of police were deployed in the village apprehending further untoward incident.

Police sources said four youths from Dalit basti in the village, under Khaprakhol police station, had gone to one Laxmi cloth store on Sunday evening to purchase some cloth. The shop owner Jaydev Meher, along with his two sons Daya and Bharat, reportedly had an altercation with the boys over the purchase, in which one of the Dalit boys was assaulted. The Dalit community took it seriously and decided to teach a lesson to the shop owner for assaulting a boy of their community. “The situation went out of control when the Dalits came in a group and attacked Bharat Meher, who was seriously injured and admitted to Khaprakhol hospital,” said a senior resident of the village.

According to him, the upper caste people then convened a meeting and marched towards Dalit basti at night. They torched the houses of the basti and within a short span the entire basti was ablaze. “We did not get time to save our belongings. We started running towards jungles to save our lives,” said a resident of the basti.

“We have deployed armed policemen and arrested 42 villagers. Now the situation is under control,” said SDPO (Patnagarh) Laxmi Narayan Panda. According to him, about 193 victims were rescued by police, which includes 33 boys and 85 women, all of whom were given shelter in a local high school.

Markets and business establishments remained closed in the village on Monday.

Cop injured in exchange of fire with Maoists

A police constable was injured in firing between suspected Maoists and security forces in Gandhamardhan forest range near Balangir’s Bamhani village in Patnagarh police station area on Sunday afternoon.

The injured has been identified as Sunil Das, who was admitted to the Patnagarh hospital soon after the incident. Senior police officers including the Balangir SP rushed to the spot to review the situation. There was no casualty reported. Police confirmed the situation was under control as the rebels fled into the jungle after the firing.

“Senior police officers have already arrived at the spot to review the situation. SP (Balangir) R Prakash has also reached the spot to supervise the matter. The situation has been under control,” SDPO (Patnagarh) Laxmi Narayan Panda said while talking to TOI on Sunday evening over phone.

Sources said Maoist activity has been growing in Balangir and Nuapara districts over the past couple of years, as these places are close to the Gandhamardhan forest range. Police said taking benefit of the geographical condition of the region, Maoists are trying to increase their activities on the border. “However we have indentified combing operation to curb their movement,” the SDPO said.

On the other hand, efforts are on to shift the injured to Cuttack or Bhubaneswar for treatment. Sources said he sustained bullet injuries on his shoulder.

Madhuri Mehta is selected in Indian women’s cricket team

Madhuri Mehta is selected in  20 member lists of Indian Women’s cricket team. She will soon to tour West Indies with Indian Team.

The National Women’s Selection Committee announced a twenty players name at the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Indore on Saturday for the India’s tour of the West Indies, in February-March 2012.

Madhuri hails from Balangir district, Odisha. She represented Balangir district in State level women’s cricket tournaments. She represented Orissa in Zonal and National level women’s cricket tournaments. Madhuri represented East Zone in Inter-Zonal Women Tournament at Ahemdabad in 2011. She selected to receive coaching at National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. Her patient 72 against Uttar Pradesh at Ahmedabad is best performance so far.