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Looted antique idol recovered in Bargarh

Police Friday recovered a 500-year-old ‘Astadhatu’ idol from under a banyan tree near Danta riverbank, 1.5 km from Kuruan in Bargarh district. The idol was looted by miscreants four days ago from Kuruan-based Maa Uma Maheswari Temple.

Scores of devotees gathered around the tree to catch a glimpse of the idol after the news spread in the area. Devotees offered prayers and rejoiced in joy playing drums after the stolen idol was recovered. Later, Bargarh Town police seized the idol and handed it back to the temple’s chief priest Satyanarayan Dehuri.

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According to reports, miscreants broke into the temple Tuesday night and looted the idol weighing 7 kg along with the donation box. Locals spotted the broken donation box Wednesday morning in a bush on the banks of Maheswari lake near the village while the idol was nowhere to be seen. The ‘Astadhatu’ idol was made of five kilogram of gold, locals said.

Police with the help of a forensic team and sniffer dogs launched a manhunt to nab the accused. Police had also detained some suspects but got no clues about the loot.
Meanwhile, a few youths of the village Friday morning noticed the idol under the banyan tree and alerted the temple priest. Investigation into the incident is on, police said.

BJP takes protest to Sambalpur Collectorate

BJPBJP workers were taken into custody after they broke police cordon and entered the collectorate on Wednesday protesting attack on Union Ministers Santosh Gangwar and Sadhvi Niranjan during their Bargarh visit on June 24. They also burnt an effigy of Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik inside the collectorate.

In the morning, the BJP workers came in a rally to the collectorate where the party leaders lashed out at the Bargarh administration and State Government for failing to take action against those involved in the attack. They said the attacks were ‘pre-planned’ and staged at the ‘behest’ of the Chief Minister. Earlier, BJP’s national secretary Suresh Pujari alleged that no action has been taken against those involved in the ‘murderous’ attack on the Union Ministers.

Later in the day, when the BJP workers tried to submit a memorandum addressed to Governor SC Jamir to Sambalpur Collector, police tried to stop them. This led to a scuffle between the police and the BJP workers. To restore law and order, police arrested the agitating BJP workers.

President of BJP’s Sambalpur unit Ram Chandra Meher said despite prior intimation, none of the senior officers of the administration was present inside the collectorate to receive the memorandum. The situation could have been averted had the Collector or his officers come to receive the memorandum, he added. The party workers demanded arrest of all those involved in attacks on the Union Ministers.

Similarly, the BJP workers staged a demonstration in front of collectorate in Bargarh and condemned the attack on Gangwar and Niranjan. They demanded immediate arrest of Bargarh MLA Debesh Acharya for his alleged involvement in the attack.

Illegal kidney transplantat in Bargarh

The Special Task Force of Crime Branch has taken up probe into the allegation of an illegal kidney transplantation incident which surfaced in Bargarh district. The organ transplant had been carried out in a private hospital of the City more than two years back.

Following an instruction from Additional Director General Bijay Kumar Sharma, a three-member team led by a DSP-ranked officer proceeded to Bargarh to investigate into allegations of Amil Swamy whose kidney was transplanted on Raghav Ram Dora, neighbour of the former.

Earlier, basing on a complaint filed by Swamy, a 37-year-old resident of Talipada in Bargarh town, a police team of Bargarh had initiated investigation into the incident. According to the complaint, Swamy’s kidney was allegedly removed and transplanted on Dora without the former’s knowledge while he was shown as the latter’s brother. The documents were allegedly forged.

The Special Task Force has registered a case under Sections 419/468/471/120(B) and 506 of the Indian Penal Code as well as Sections 18/19/20 of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994. While medical examination will be carried out, allegations of fabrication of documents and exchange of money will also be verified. The Special Task Force will also probe if the hospital authorities overlooked the norms and existence of any racket in the organ transplant.

Bargarh wildlife sanctuary gears up for tourist season

Unlike other wildlife sanctuaries in the state, the Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary in Bargarh district is a much sought after destination for tourists as it offers easy and better sighting of animals, thanks to the park’s proximity to the Hirakud water reservoir. And now that winter has set in, tourists will start arriving in droves.

The reservoir is the main source of water for the prey and wild animals. Besides, there is less human interference here. While the route between Dhodrokusum to Chourasimal has been identified as the bison route, the stretch from Dhodrokusum to Damkighati is known for the presence of herbivores such as boar, spotted deer and sambar. Leopards are sighted on the route from Lakhanpur to Badduma, reports The Times of India.

Divisional forest officer (Hirakud wildlife division) Sudeep Nayak said sighting is best between 4 and 6 pm.

Mostly tourists from West Bengal flock the sanctuary between December and March. The eco-tourism cottages at Barakhandia have been designed in such a way overlooking the reservoir that tourists can watch migratory birds such as ducks, geese and waders from the cottages. To see animals along specific routes, permission has to be sought from the range office at Dhodrokusum.

Fugitive Cop Arrested in Makhnu Bag Death Case

sushil-naik-bheden-thanaThe Officer in Charge of Bheden Police Station, Sushil Naik, who was absconding in the Makhnu Bag death case, has finally been arrested by Bheden police from Bargarh town. He was produced before the Birmaharajpur Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM), who remanded him in judicial custody on Monday. With this, the number of arrests made in the custodial death case went up to five.

On Monday last week, Sub-Inspector Soumya Ranjan Patra and Assistant Sub-Inspector Pitambar Behera of Bheden police station were arrested for their alleged involvement in bumping off Bag of Dekulba village under Bheden police limits in Bargarh district. Subsequently, police nabbed Home Guard Prakash Dehury and Home Guard driver Pramod Sahu on Thursday for their alleged involvement in the killing.

On the other hand, the woman constable, Geeta Bhoi who was present at the police station during the incident, is still at large.

On Sunday morning, the skeletal remains of Bag were handed over to his family members.

A rape case had been registered at Bheden police station in June against Raju, son of Bag. As Raju was absconding, police had called Bag to the police station for interrogation. Bag last visited Bheden police station on July 17 with Gram Rakhi of the village, Kushal Chatar and since then had gone missing.

The family members searched for him, but in vain. They even knocked the doors of Bheden police only to be informed that Bag had left for his house. His skeletal remains were found in Metakani forest in Ulunda block of Sonepur district on September 24. After confirming that the skeletal remains belonged to Bag, his son Biju lodged a complaint with Ulunda police stating that Bag was killed by Bheden police and the body dumped in the forest.

Ulunda police, in the presence of the Magistrate, seized the skeletal remains and began investigating into the matter.

The skeletal remains, sent for DNA testing, confirmed that those were of Bag.