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Balasore gangrape probe

Balasore: Facing heat of alleged inaction in Kupari gangrape case even after two-and-half months, Balasore police on Sunday claimed that all efforts were being made to nab the accused persons. We have announced cash awards ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 for informers. Steps have been initiated to attach the properties of the accused persons, said deputy inspector general (eastern range), Sanjay Kumar, adding that he was directly supervising the investigation.

BJD campaign

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik on Sunday launched the campaign for his party for the upcoming panchayat polls from Tangi in Khurda district. Naveen also addressed campaign meetings at seven other places under Khurda, Chilka, Jatni, Balipatna and Bhubaneswar-Ekamra assembly constituencies.

Cashier arrest

Bhubaneswar: The cashier of State Bank of India, Utkal University campus branch, who had been at large since August 30 last year, was arrested on Sunday. The accused, Gangadhar Jena, had fraudulently withdrawn more than Rs 6 lakh from the accounts of some employees of the university.

Fire deaths

Berhampur: Two children were burnt alive while another two suffered serious burn injuries when they were asleep in a thatched house that was gutted on Friday. The incident occurred at Kanasa Nuagaon under Chikiti block in Ganjam district. All of them had been admitted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur where two succumbed to the injuries.

Road mishap

Bhubaneswar: At least two persons, including the driver of the vehicle, died in a road accident on National Highway-5 at Nalanga. The accident took place when the vehicle rammed in to a stationary truck. The deceased persons hailed from Nayagarh and were travelling from Mayurbhanj where they were attending a social function.

Bird culling

Bhubaneswar: Culling of birds at Mayurbhanj district was almost complete on Sunday. Nearly 11,000 birds were culled in five days beginning from January 18 around a 3-km radius of village Bahanada village under Betnoti block. A total of Rs 4.67 lakh have been paid as compensation to the affected persons.