Cop solves murder mystery
Cuttack: Cuttack police on Wednesday claimed to have solved the mystery behind the death of Thakur Prasad Dalei (28), following the arrest of two persons, including a juvenile. The prime accused in the case has been identified as Raja Bastia (29).
It was initially believed that the deceased, Thakur Prasad Dalei, died of some disease which also collaborated with statements of eyewitnesses. He was found lying unconscious in the Talcher Kothi area near the Biju Patnaik Park on February 1.
“The post mortem report, however, revealed that the deceased died of a rupture in his heart which could have been caused by blows on his chest,” said DCP Amitendra Nath Sinha.
“Following investigation, we rounded up Bastia who has confessed to killing Thakur Prasad,” Sinha said.
Kendrapara: Immersion ritual of goddess Saraswati turned tragic on Wednesday as two schoolchildren, while immersing the idol, are feared drowned near Amrutamanei bathing ghat in Brahmani river under Pattamundai police station limits, about 22km from here. The missing children - Saroj Das (14) and Debapriya Das (15) - were students of the nearby Baluria High School.
Bhubaneswar: The no confidence motion against BJP chairperson of Sambalpur Municipality, Rina Trivedy, could not be taken up on Wednesday due to lack of quorum. Only 19 of the 21 councillors turned up for the polls. At least 21 councillors had earlier submitted a letter for a vote of 'no confidence' to the district collector against Trivedy. As many as eight BJP, 12 Congress and one independent councillors signed the application which was submitted to the Sambalpur collector.
Bhubaneswar: A two-day national-level meet on diversion-based irrigation (DBI) concluded here on Wednesday. The meet witnessed active participation of 60 participants from the government, various NGOs, and civil society organisations. Many notable persons working in the development sector also participated in the meet. The program was supported by the Jamsetji Tata Trust (an entity of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts) in Mumbai.
Bhubaneswar: The CPI(M) on Wednesday protested against the hike in the prices of essential commodities as part of their nation wide agitation programme. They demanded universalisation of public distribution system (PDS). Activists of CPI, CPI(M) and Forward Bloc sat on a dharna near Raj Bhavan. The activists blamed both the Centre and the state government for the increase in price of essential commodities.
Bhubaneswar: Two persons were killed and 25 injured when a vehicle skidded off the road near Bhatli around 4am on Wednesday. The injured persons have been rushed to hospital.