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50 feared drowned in boat capsize

bhubaneshwar: At least 50 people were feared drowned when a country boat carrying more than 80 people, including 10 schoolchildren, capsized midstream on the swollen Baitarani river, about 150 km north of Bhubaneswar at 9 am on Saturday, reports our correspondent.

The boat was nearing the Debigada ghat in Jajpur town when the incident took place. Sources said the rear side of the boat hit a sandbank before sinking. The boatman, Basudev Parida, failed to control the speed as the boat neared the sandbank, police officials said quoting eyewitnesses. As panic-stricken passengers jostled, the boat overturned.

Twenty-five passengers managed to swim to safety, while personnel of the fire department rescued five of them, including two women. One of the women, identified as Kanchan Ghadei of Solampur, later died in hospital. The divers have recovered three bodies, including one of a woman, and five bicycles, sources said.

Four units of the fire brigade from Jajpur and one unit of Orissa police are trying to recover the remaining bodies. A navy team from the INS Chilika is expected to join the operations.

The Orissa government has announced an ex gratia of Rs 50,000 each to the families of those killed. Assistant sub-inspector of Jajpur police station Ratnakar Samal said the task of divers was made difficult since the river was in spate.

Delhi corporator’s body found

new delhi (PTI): A week after Delhi Congress corporator Atma Ram Gupta was shot dead by hired killers, police recovered his body from a canal in Bulandshahar district of Uttar Pradesh early on Saturday morning.

With Delhi and Uttar Pradesh police combing the jungles of Ghaziabad and adjoining areas for the last five days, the body was first noticed by the villagers of Jainpur who reported it to the police personnel.

Gupta, 51, went missing last Saturday and was shot dead in Daulana area of Ghaziabad on the same day by hired killers, allegedly at the behest of fellow corporator Sharda Jain.

Sharda, along with her brother Raj Kumar, was arrested two days later and she reportedly confessed to have masterminded the murder. According to the police, Sharda, 31, was having an affair with Gupta and got him killed after he showed a liking for another Congress corporator, Memwati Barwala.

RPF constable shot dead

Jammu (PTI): A Railway Protection Force constable was shot dead by his colleague at Jammu railway station. Police said head constable Om Prakash, a resident of Hyderabad, was killed on the spot when his colleague D.S. Nath fired at him at around 10 pm on Friday night.

Nath, from Bijapur in Karnataka, has been arrested and the weapon recovered. This is the second such incident this month. Three security personnel, including an assistant commandant of BSF, were killed when a BSF jawan opened fire on them on August 20.

Undertrial escapes

Moga (PTI): Jaswinder Singh, an undertrial resident of Ghumyara village of Faridkot district, escaped from police custody on Thursday night while the head constable and his colleagues of Ludhiana police were taking meals. Singh was being taken to Faridkot after attending the court of chief judicial magistrate, Ludhiana, police said. Based on the complaint of head constable Jagga Singh a case was registered against the escape.

Rehabilitation bid

Bhopal (PTI): As many as 1,883 families of 32 villages of Jhabua and Dhar districts of Madhya Pradesh, affected by the Sardar Sarovar Project, are being rehabilitated at other parts in the state and also in neighbouring Gujarat.

Lucky Ali kin dead

Mumbai (PTI): Macky Ali, son of veteran film comedian Mehmood and younger brother of playback singer Lucky Ali, died of cardiac arrest here at the age of 35 early on Saturday morning. Macky, affected by polio since birth, had starred in the film Kunwara Baap, made by his father, who drew a lot from Macky’s life story and struggle during the making of the film.

AIDS project

Ajmer (PTI): Ajmer has been chosen as a model for Rajasthan by the India-Canada collaborative HIV project to control AIDS, state health minister Madho Singh Dewan said. Financial assistance for the programme will be provided by Canada International Development Agency, Dewan said.

Train robbery

Etawah (PTI): Miscreants robbed three Bangladeshi citizens of around $100 and some jewellery after offering them food laced with intoxicants on the Howrah-Jodhpur Express, police said. The victims, all residents of Dhaka, were on their way to Ajmer Sharif.

Andhra Pradesh government plans to take up 175 tourism projects, with an outlay of Rs 1,017 crore under private participation, to develop the state into a leading tourist destination in the country, minister for tourism Talasani Srinivasa Yadav said.


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