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Odisha Diary

Road mishap

Kendrapara: A road accident near the Kendrapara collector’s official residence on Tuesday sparked off mob violence paralysing traffic on the Cuttack-Chandballi state highway. Agitated local residents set ablaze a cargo-laden truck that ran over a 20-year-old girl killing her on the spot. The victim’s relative sustained multiple head injuries and was shifted to Cuttack’s SCB Medical College and Hospital. The mishap occurred near Garapur. Traffic was disrupted as a mob went on rampage.

Bus torched

Bhubaneswar: Suspected rebels torched a bus at Bisra in Rourkela on Monday night. A group of about 10 men intercepted a Soroda-bound bus and set it on fire. A rebel group had earlier demanded a ransom of Rs 2 lakh from the owner of the bus. But, the latter had ignored the demand.

Snake scare

Balasore: A python, measuring about five feet, has been recovered from an air-conditioned coach of Puri-Guwahati Express from Balasore railway station on Tuesday evening. The snake was detected on the ceiling of the train’s toilet by a passenger. On being informed, RPF personnel removed it from the train. “We are waiting for the forest officials to hand over the python,” said Amulya Biswal , RPF officer-in-charge, Balasore.

Flu relief

Bhubaneswar: Culling of all birds within 3-km radius of Bahanada in Betnoti block of Mayurbhanj has been completed. The nodal officer at bird flu control room, veterinarian Balaram Sahu said the Indian Meteorology Department’s prediction of sunny weather would dispel the fear of further spread of the H5N1 virus.

Jajpur tour

Jajpur: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday made an electoral tour of Jajpur district by attending five public meetings in five Assembly constituencies.