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Tension at plant sites

Keonjhar: Tension prevailed at the Essar Steel plant at Dubuna in Keonjhar district following the death of a labour at the plant on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Asadhu Majhi (30) of Kalahandi. Irate workers, along with local residents, ransacked the office and set afire a cabin meant for security personnel. They also damaged two vehicles. According to police, Majhi fell ill while working in the wee hours. When some of his fellow workers wanted to take him to a hospital, security personnel did not allow them to go outside. In another incident, in Rayagada district near the Utkal Alumina site, tension prevailed between two groups of workers after a contractor attacked a worker. A person was arrested in this connection.

Body found

Bhubaneswar: Fire brigade officials on Friday recovered the body of a 35-year-old man, identified as Duryodhan Bhoi from Bindusagar, who drowned while plucking lotus flowers from a pond. Lingaraj police registered a case and handed over the body to the family members after post-mortem.

Bombing

Bhubaneswar: At least 10 persons were injured in a bombing incident at Gopalipara village near Khandapara under Nayagarh district on Friday. All injured were admitted to the local hospital and the condition of three of them was critical. Most of the victims were women. The cause of the clash was probably due to a dispute over an illegal rock-blasting unit in Nakugaon. Police have registered a case in connection with the bombing that took place around 1pm.

English

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday reviewed a scheme under which poor tribal students would be provided free accommodation in urban areas for English medium education. Three hostels have been proposed to be set up at Berhampur, Bhubane-swar and Rourkela for this. The scheme has commenced in Berhampur and the state government has identified five places in Bhubaneswar and one place in Rourkela for building hostels.

Two arrested

Kendrapara: Police arrested two persons including the brother of arrested gangster Tito on Friday on charges of disturbances at the district collectorate on May 12. Farkhan Ali Khan (40), brother of Tito and Pitambar Rout (42) were taken into custody. They were later forwarded to court after the rejection of their bail plea.

Tribal rally

Berhampur: About 2,000 tribal people under the banner of Banagiri Adivasi Sangathan and Zilla Adivasi Manch demonstrated in front of the office of tehsildar Jagannath Prasad, with their traditional arms on Friday. They demanded implementation of forest, land and water rights to the tribals, which was enacted in 2005. They submitted an eight-point memorandum to the chief minister through the revenue official.
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