Rebel motherís plea
Bhubaneswar: Mother of incarcerated Maoist leader Dunna Keshav Rao lias Azad has written a letter to chief minister Naveen Patnaik, seeking his release from jail.
amalamma, in her letter, said that when her son had given up arms before Andhra Pradesh police, he was assured of rehabilitation and being able to lead a normal life. However, he is instead being held at Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar. Sources said the letter had threatened that the rebel leader, accused of a role in the killing of VHP leader Swami Laxmananand Saraswati, would go on a hunger strike at the jail from March 13, if the process of his release was not initiated.
Cuttack: Excise officials on Wednesday seized ganja worth Rs 5.40 lakh and arrested two persons in this regard. The accused have been identified as Surjit Biswas, 33, and Anand Mandal, 37, of Bengal. Both the accused were nabbed from near Tangi when they were trying to illegally traffic the contraband to Bengal from Angul district. Apart from the contraband, the excise sleuths have also seized a car worth Rs 12 lakh and have produced both the accused before court on Wednesday.
Bhubaneswar: Balasore vigilance on Wednesday registered a case against Balabhadra Saha, sub-inspector of schools in Keonjhar, for demanding illegal gratification of Rs 2,000 from an assistant teacher for preparing the bill for the period of leave. Saha was caught red handed by the vigilance officers in his office room while accepting bribe. He has been arrested.
Rourkela: Rourkela police on Wednesday arrested three persons, including a timber mafia. About 125 cubic feet of teak and sal wood worth Rs 2.5 lakh was seized.
Bhubaneswar: Health minister Prasanna Kumar Acharya on Tuesday inaugurated Non-Communicable Disease Cell in the directorate of public health. Acharya said the cell had been established to strengthen the monitoring system for successful implementation of the national programme.
Bhubaneswar: Students of college of forestry on Wednesday wore black badges to protest the state government's alleged indifference towards meeting their demands. The students have been demanding to make B Sc forestry degree the minimum qualification for direct recruitment of range officers in the state forest department.
Bhubaneswar: Orissa High Court on Wednesday directed fugitive Odisha police inspector Bimal Nayak to surrender before special court (vigilance) in Bhubaneswar within 15 days for grant of bail in the alleged bribery case registered against him by the state vigilance.