Eviction Drive to Widen Roads
The district administration is set to start a three-day eviction drive in Jeypore town from Sunday to widen the main roads. The State Government had already granted funds for development of roads of Jeypore town last year and accordingly, the main roads of Parabeda, Labour Colony, Bell Road and Prasadraopeta would be widened up to 40 feet. Some vendors of Prasadaraopeta are protesting the widening of roads claiming that it would affect their livelihood but the administration said eviction would continue as per norms. Jeypore Sub Collector Madhusmita Sahu said strict orders have been issued to demolish all illegal structures.
Plight of Orphans Highlighted
As many as 175 orphan children in five panchayats of the district are leading a life as destitutes, a survey by Harmony, an NGO, stated here on Saturday. Similarly, information available under RTI Act reveals that there are 108 orphan and 419 semi-orphan children under the 0-6 age group in 39 panchayats in the district. A documentary on ‘Tribal Orphan children’ in Malkangiri was screened by the NGO at OTELP Conference Hall here. Malkangiri MLA Manas Madkami and Chitrakonda MLA Dambru Sisa said the findings will help Government reach out to the orphans while extending help to them.
Dacoits Loot Valuables, Set Woman on Fire
Panic gripped Indupur village under Athagarh police limits in Cuttack district after dacoits set a woman on fire after looting ornaments from her house on Saturday. The woman, Rojalin Parida, stated in her FIR that three unidentified dacoits barged into her house and snatched the almirah keys at gun-point. They looted ornaments and cash and before fleeing, set her on fire. On hearing her screams, her husband Milan, who was in the backyard, and some villagers, rescued her. She was admitted to Athagarh sub-divisional hospital. The dacoits looted two gold necklaces, three chains, 16 rings and Rs 2,000, she stated. She informed police that one of the dacoits had a tattoo etched on his hand.
Arrested for Raping Minor
Chandiposh police arrested one Dipak Minz (23) and forwarded him to district court in Sundargarh town on charges of raping a minor girl. Chandiposh IIC Sushant Das said Minz forcibly entered the house of the 13-year-old victim in Tamra village of Gurundia block on Thursday when she was alone and committed the crime.