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Girl dies of medicine ‘overdose’

 In an example of how private nursing homes hijack patients through agents, a family, lured into one of them, had to pay with their daughter’s life.

A 10-year-old girl under treatment at a private nursing home here died allegedly due to overdose of medicine on Thursday. Child’s grandfather B Ram Babu has filed a complaint with the Burla police station. The girl has been identified as G Ramaiya of Badpiplipali village in Bargarh. She was suffering from fever and taken to the local hospital on July 27 where doctors referred her to VSS Medical at Burla.

However, family members of the girl fell into the trap of an unscrupulous agent who took them to the house of a paediatrician. After examining the child, the doctor asked her parents to admit her to the nursing home on Wednesday. Family members alleged that instead of examining her properly, the doctor administered two antibiotics to her in the nursing home.

Soon after, the girl got numb and did not even move her limbs. Although Babu reported the matter to the para medical staff, they refused to act and asked him to wait till the doctor comes. When the doctor did not turn up, Babu went to his home only to be turned back.  Later in the evening, she was diagnosed with jaundice and administered another injection. On Thursday morning, Ramaiya’s condition deteriorated and developed respiratory problems. She died at 11 am before the doctor reached the hospital to treat her.

While the diagnosis report of Ramaiya confirmed jaundice, family members alleged that overdose of antibiotics and wrong treatment resulted in the death.

Teacher’s molestation triggers Burla bandh

Markets remained closed in Burla on Thursday as people of the town observed a bandh seeking immediate arrest of a man accused of molesting a teacher.

Source said the victim, a 26-year-old unmarried woman from the town, is a teacher at a local English medium school. She was molested and forced to pose nude in front of the camera by her neighbour Dharmaraj Singh and one of his associates, who held her at gun point. Locals alleged that police did not take the matter seriously even after receiving complaints.

Sambalpur SP Nikhil Kanodia, on the other hand, said, “We have arrested the main accused. Steps are on to nab the other.”

Sources said Dharmaraj, an engineering graduate, was trying to woo the teacher for some time. When she rejected him repeatedly, he decided to teach her a lesson. He went to her school on Wednesday afternoon along with one of his friends and took her in a car on gun point. He took her to an isolated place by a dam and tried to molest her and asked her to pose nude.

Later the accused left her near her house and threatened her not to open her mouth.

No news of missing engineer yet

Police are clueless about the retired engineer, who went missing from here a week ago. Bhawani Prasad Mishra was last seen with a woman near his home at Sriram Vihar here on March 26. His son has filed a missing complaint with Burla police station.

“It is difficult to draw any conclusion because we do not have any concrete evidence about his whereabouts. Efforts are on to trace him,” additional SP (Sambalpur)  Dilip Kumar Deo said on Tuesday. However, he said it was not a kidnapping because no ransom call has been made.

Mishra from Bargarh was living here since his retirement in 1998 as executive engineer of Sambalpur municipality. After his wife’s death in 2001, he was residing alone. Though both his son and daughter live outside the state, they maintain regular contact with their father over phone. “He had employed a youth to look after his house,” one of his neighbours said.

Police said Mishra’s daughter, who resides in Kolkata, received a message from his cellphone stating that he was alright and not to worry about him. But he did not respond when his daughter tried to speak to him. “We have registered a case basing on the report of his son Asutosh. We have also formed a special squad comprising senior officers of the district to investigate the matter,” Deo said.

Displaced visit Hirakud

A newly married Alekh Sahu was forced to leave his village Khajurdihi and whipped by police when he resisted forcible eviction. That was 56 years back when Sahu, now 74, along with hundreds of other villagers was evicted from Khajurdihi to make way for the Hirakud dam.

On the occasion of 56th Foundation Day of the dam on Friday, Sahu and 20 others, now residing in Rengali block of Sambalpur district and Lakhanpur block of Jharsuguda district, visited the dam hoping to trace the place where their villages once stood. This was their first visit ever since they left their home.

Walking down memory lane, Parkhita Sahu (75) said they owned 121 acres of land then and once the land was gone they were reduced to paupers and now possess a mere five acres.

He now resides in Sukhadihi village in Lakhanpur block after Kutgad village was submerged.

The other evicted people Gurbari (76), her husband Sobharam Mirdha (81), village priest Ranjit Kalo (67), Lingaraj Pradhan (82), Duryodhan Ati (81), Bihari

Meher (75) now struggle to make ends meet in contrast to the affluent lifestyle they led nearly six decades back.