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Life imprisonment for killing DGM of Paomex Steels Ltd

District and Session Judge of Sambalpur gave life imprisonment to Kumar Bag in the charge of killing of DGM of a private company Paomex Steel at Titilagarh. 15 peoples are acquitted for lack of evidence.

According to the prosecution on March 3, 2011 the disgruntled labourers set fire to the vehicle of the Paomex Steels Ltd DGM Radheshyam Ray while he was on his way home for lunch.

The DGM managed to come out of the vehicle but he was first rushed to Balangir Hospital in a critical condition. He was then shifted to the then VSS Medical College and Hospital where he succumbed to the injuries.

The labourers were protesting against the reduction in wages and depriving other benefits to the workers under the Labour law.

The Titlagarh Police arrested a large number of workers for their alleged involvement in the case and framed charge sheet against 52 workers of the company.

On the request of the Paomex Steels, the Supreme Court directed for trial of the case in Sambalpur court instead of Balangir for safety point of view and directed to complete the trial of the case by June 2018.

Wife killed in Sambalpur family court premises

A young man hacked to death his estranged wife and injured his mother-in-law and his sister-in-law’s three-year-old daughter with a sword on the premises of the family court here on Monday.

The accused, Ramesh Kumbhar, 24, a resident of Sindurpank village in the district’s Maneswar block, tried to escape but was overpowered by people and lawyers. He was handed over to police.

The incident took place around 9.30am in the waiting room of the court where the family of Sangita Choudhury, 19, the estranged wife of Ramesh, was waiting to be called for counselling.

However, Sangita’s father Sudhan Choudhury, an owner of a small roadside eatery, was loitering in the court’s verandah when he saw Ramesh launch a murderous attack on his family. Panicked, he ran for safety and rushed to the nearby tehsil office.

While Sangita, who was stabbed by Ramesh in the stomach, was declared brought dead at the district headquarters hospital, her mother Lalita Choudhury, 50, suffered injuries on her neck and her three-year-old niece Sibani was wounded in the hand.

Both the injured were first taken to the district headquarters hospital, Sambalpur, and from there to Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Science and Research (Vimsar) in Burla, where doctors stated their condition to be stable.

Sources said Ramesh, a driver by profession, had an affair with Sangita, who also hailed from his village. Though both the families were against their marriage, the duo eloped and tied the nuptial knot about two years ago.

After staying with Ramesh for five months, Sangita, whose family originally hails from Samastipur in Bihar, developed differences with him and preferred to stay at her father’s house.

The couple had been living separately for some time. As her parents did not accept the marriage and she did not return to Ramesh’s house, the latter filed a case in the family court for reconciliation. In between, Sangita’s parents had arranged her marriage with a Samastipur boy, a move that irked Ramesh.

Sangita’s parents on Monday came to the court for counselling on the orders of the court where the incident took place.

The police said it was a planned attack and Ramesh had come with a sword.

The police have seized the sword, said Town police station inspector-in-charge Pradeep Sahu.

Advocate Nilima Panda, who was witness to the incident, said the attack was sudden and took everyone by surprise. No one apprehended that such an incident could take place on the court premises, Panda said.

Wife Killed, Two Others Injured By Husband

Hard core Maoist leader surrenders before Sambalpur police

Kanhu Dehurio, a top cadre Maoist leader and zonal secretary for Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundargarh(SDS) division on Friday surrendered before Sambalpur police.
“Kunu was the zonal secretary for the SDS (Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundargarh) division and was engaging youths in Maoists activities. But being disgusted with the attitude of the senior Red rebel leaders he decided to surrender before the police,” Sambalpur Superintendent of police Sanjeev Arora told newsmen here.

Mr Arora said Kanhu belonged to Naktideul-Jujomura area of the district where the first Maoists activities began in this region as an outcome of resentment against the Jujomura police.

The SP said as many as 51 cases of grievous nature are pending against Kunu and he was carrying a . cash reward of Rs. 8.00 lakh on his head . The surrendered Red rebel was one of the most wanted Maoist of the state having networks in neighbouring states too,” he added The Maoist leader said he realized that the Maoists have no ideology now and are involved in extorting money from the industrialists and businessmen.

He said while the senior Maoist leaders and enjoying life other people in the group are suffering in the dense forest at the cost of their lives.The lady cadres are also being sexually exploited. “.

Mr Arora said the case of Kunu Dehuri would be placed before the rehabilitation security committee of the state and a report would be prepared so that he could be resettled as per the provisions of the government.

“At the same time he will remain under police custody instead of judicial custody as per the surrender guideline,” the SP said “With arrest of top cadre, Maoists activities in the zone received a big jolt and and the Maoists activities in the region will also suffer to a great extent It needs mention that Kunu Dehuri and Gobardhan Budek were two hard core Maoists of the district.

While Kunu surrendered on Friday, Gobardhan is believed to have left the organization and living outside of Odisha.

Director General of Police (DGP) R P Sharma said Dehuri was spearheading the Maoist activities in Sambalpur,Deogarh and Sundargarh districts besides adjoining areas of Rourkela and Angul districts.

He said the surrender of Dehuri is a major achievement of the Odisha Police adding that the Maoist activity in the SDS area would bound to be weakened. The police, the DGP had been tracking his movement for quite some time in SDS Division and he surrendered before the police as he had lost faith in the Maoist ideologies.

Tension in Sambalpur after double murder

Tension erupted in Sambalpur town after a youth was hacked to death in Thelakopada area early this morning.

As per reports, the deceased, identified as Sujit Nag of Thelakopada was chased and allegedly hacked by a group led by one Pandava Mukhi near Laxmi Talkies Chhak in the wee hours. Although Nag was rushed to the Sadar hospital in a critical condition, he was declared brought dead by the doctors.

In a fit of rage, the supporters of Nag attacked Mukhi’s brother Shankar injuring him critically. Later, Shankar was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to injuries. They also torched the house of Mukhi.

As the incident has sparked protests by angry locals, the district administration deployed a large number of police personnel in the area to maintain law and order.

Sambalpur SP Sanjeev Arora, who rushed the spot to assess the situation, stated, “Five platoons of police have been deployed and appropriate action will be taken after registering cases.”

Though the motive behind the attack is yet to be confirmed, past animosity is suspected to be the reason.

Tension In Sambalpur After Murder Of Youth

Rare Buddhist sculpture discovered in Jharsuguda

Sambalpur region is not only the birthplace but also the base of Padmasambhava, a distinguished promoter of Buddhism who earned the title, ‘Buddha the Second’ in history.

Some new light is expected to be thrown into his era as the Indian Trust for Arts, Culture and Heritage (INTACH) unearthed some archaeological pieces recently.

An INTACH team located a rare stone sculpture, Dakini Singhmukha (lion’s head), which was found broken into two at a rarely visited place in Jharsuguda district.

The finding was done on the left bank of Mahanadi, while the team was conducting an archaeological survey in the river valley.

Speaking on it, INTACH executive member and historian Dipak Panda said, “These findings are the assets of Jharsuguda and would be placed in the district museum. The museum’s construction is under way. The exact location of the finding would be kept a secret for the time being, for fear of the valuable historical sculpture getting smuggled out. The Jharsuguda Collector has been informed in writing about the finding, with a request to arrange for its safety and security.”

It appeared that more such findings are likely in the surrounding areas, Panda said. “The finding of Dakini Singhmukha establishes the fact that the region was a famous Buddhist centre during the peak of Buddhism in India. This could shed new light on an undisclosed chapter of history of the region,” he felt.

Dakini Singhmukha used to be the principal among the contemporary masters (gurus) of Padmasambhava as per the Nyingma (ancient) Buddhist rulings.

“The finding of Dakini Singhmukha establishes the claim that this region was the birthplace (janmabhumi) as well as the workplace (karmabhumi) of Padmasambhava,” Panda said.

“In the region, many old sculptures are shifted to newly built temples by the local people under the false assumption that such statues must be placed only in temples. The most important aspect of the finding is that it will help historians who are trying to prove that Sambhal is Sambalpur, Manad is Mahanadi and Uddiyana is Orissa,” he added.

Panda said apart from this, the INTACH team has identified many sites in Sambalpur where old sculptures are kept by people having no knowledge of their history or significance.

Convener of Sambalpur chapter of INTACH Tarini Prasad Panda said all these findings are being located on the left bank of Mahanadi, in the areas of undivided Sambalpur district. By the time the survey at the left bank is complete, more aspects of Sambalpur’s history would be unveiled, he said.

The findings are now being documented. “These sculptures clearly indicate the existence of an old Sambalpur before Balaram Dev reestablished modern Sambalpur in 1556. When we take up survey on the right bank of Mahanadi, many surprises will be in store,” said Bibhudatta Promod Kumar Mishra and Kulamani Patel, members of the survey team.