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Vigilance case against officer

Bhubaneswar: : The Sambalpur vigilance sleuths today registered a case and charge-sheeted Sitaram Pradhan, former additional tehsildar-cum-officer-in-charge, Criminal Court, Balangir for demanding and accepting illegal gratification of Rs 1,000 from one Dhoba Bhoi for allowing appeal against the restraint order in a criminal proceeding. He has been held guilty of the charges, convicted and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for two years along with a fine of Rs 3,000.

Cops’ sports

Cuttack: The 63rd Police Athletic Championship kicked off to a colourful start at reserve police ground here on Monday. Around 600 participants from 25 district police forces, 10 battalions, two establishments (signals and city police) are participating in the athletics meet that was inaugurated by inspector-general of police (operations) Sanjiv Marik. A total of 497 men and 103 women would participate in 37 track, field and other events during the four-day sports event, which would conclude on February 3.

Scouts’ camp

BHUBANESWAR: The four-day long East Coast Railway - Bharat Scouts and Guides state camp and rally started on Monday at Rail Vihar ground here. Around 700 participants from Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Waltair Divisions of East Coast Railway, along with participants from South Eastern Railway, South East Central Railway and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan will stay together for four days and showcase their talents. V.K. Bahamani, chief administrative officer inaugurated the rally and received the grand salute of the Scouts and Guides.

Civic chaos

Bhubaneswar: At least 21 councillors of the Sambalpur Municipality on Monday submitted a petition for vote of no-confidence against its BJP chairperson Rina Trivedy. The petition was submitted to the district collector. Trivedy has been facing the hostile situation from a group of councillors for quite some time now.

Two arrested

Bhubaneswar: The Keonjhar police on Monday arrested two anti-socials in connection with an ATM card theft. The two accused had reportedly tried to snatch away the ATM card of a person. At least three ATM cards and an Indica car have been seized from their possession, said police.

Rebels nabbed

BHUBANESWAR: The Malkangiri police has arrested two Maoists and seized arms from their possession. The duo, identified as Linga Madkami and Dula Madhi, were reportedly spotted near the Techguda jungle during a combing operation. They belonged to Kalimela Dalam unit of the outlawed outfit and were involved in a series of violence, police said.
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