|Kendrapara, Dec 7 (LocalWire) A fake job racket has been busted in Kendrapara district on Friday and a racketeer was arrested, said police.|
“We have arrested the kingpin of the racket Malaya Kumar Bal of Jagannathpur village under Rajnagar police station on charges of deceiving many job seekers,” said Rajnagar police inspector-in-charge Sukant Kumar Patra.
“We have seized many fake appointed letters, seals, stamps and fake gate passes from him,” he said.
“The arrest was made on the basis of a series of complaints. The complainants had been deceived to the tune of Rs 25 lakh by the accused,” Patra added.
He further said the police got evidences that the arrested man cheated over a hundred of job seekers from various parts of the state to provide them jobs at the Dhamara port.
“Apart from the arrested person, there are more members who are assisting him in running the racket. The matter is being investigated. We are hopeful of arresting more persons connected with the racket,” he said.
He was was booked under sections 420, 468, 471, 341, 294, 323, 506 and 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
On Friday, he was produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) in Rajnagar.
The court rejected his bail petition and remanded him to judicial custody, he added.
In the recent past, police had also busted two similar rackets in which people were deceived on the pretext of giving them jobs in some companies in Paradip, Jajpur and Dhamara.ReplyReply allForward
Kendrapara, Dec 6 (LocalWire) Decapitated body a six feet salt water crocodile was found on Thursday in Gobari river near Alayelo village within Mahakalapada forest range of Bhitarkanika National Park (BNP) in Kendrapara district.
“The forest officials retrieved the floating body from the water. We suspect the reptile was choked to death by fishing nets in deep waters of the river. Afterwards, some fishermen might have decapitated it,” said Mahakalapada forest range officer Bijaya Parida.
“After getting the autopsy report, we will know the exact reason of the death,” he said.
Pertinently, it is illegal to kill a crocodile as it is covered under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and has been declared an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
This is the 24th incident of unnatural death of crocodiles near Bhitarkanika within six years.
The rivers, creeks and other water bodies within the Bhitarkanika is the home of about 1700 endangered salt water crocodiles.
“Fishing is banned in the water bodies of Bhitarkanika. But some locals illegally fish in the river, which is taking toll on the rare species of estuarine crocodiles,” said Gahiramatha Marine Turtles and Mangrove Conservation Society (MTMCS) secretary Hemant Rout.
In 1975, the Ministry of Forest and Environment, in a collaboration with UNDP, had started a crocodile breeding and rearing project at Dangamala within the Bhitarkanika.
Forest officials counted 1698 salt water crocodiles in the water bodies of the park this year, said Rout.
Kendrapara, Dec 6 (LocalWire): Fate of large numbers of paddy farmers of coastal district Kendrapara hangs in balance as brown plant hoppers (N . Lugens), locally called as Kalamundi pests, attacked crops in different parts of the district.
The pest attack is severe in Mahakalapada, Pattamundai, Garadapur, Rajkanika, Aul and Rajkanika areas, said Umesh Chandra Singh, president of district unit of Krusaka Sabha.
“The climate change is also one of the reasons behind arrival of brown plant hoppers in the district. They are socking the cell sap of paddy on the fields, as a result farmers are suffering,” said Kendrapara agricultural department Deputy Director M. Das.
As per an estimate prepared by the Agriculture Department, yield of paddy crop is likely to come down in the district due to pest attack at harvesting time.
“To avoid spread of pest attacks, paddy farmers should keep frequent watch on the crop and in case of any symptom, they should remove the affected portion and destroy it,” said Das.
He further said the growers can stop spread of the disease by sprinkling prescribed pesticides.
“We have distributed around ten thousand leaflets and organized many awareness camps in the villages and trained farmers to use prescribed pesticides properly,” said Das.
Patkura farmer Giridhar Das, who cultivated paddy on his three acres land, said: “I was planning to harvest the ripened paddy crops within a week. But pests have eaten major chunks of the crops. I tried everything to control it and failed. The pest is spreading rapidly.”
“We have never seen such types of pests before. Hence, we are worried. The government should give compensation to the affected farmers,” said Madhaba Das, a farmers’ leader of Kendrapara.
On Tuesday, many affected farmers met the district collector and requested him to help them.
“I have instructed agricultural officers to take steps to control the pest attack,” said Kendrapara district collector Dasarathi Satapathy.
Kendrapara, Dec 4 (LocalWire) Forest officials of Gahiramatha marine sanctuary have recently requested DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) officials to put off bright lights at missile test range at Abdul Kalam Island to facilitate mass-nesting of turtles.
“Artificial lighting on the missile taste range at Abdul Kalam Island near Gahiramath beach disorients hatching turtles and adult female in ways that can be deadly,” said forest range officer Srirampada Arabinda Mishra.
“DRDO officials assured us they will put off the lights during nesting season. Now large numbers of turtles are mating on the surface of the seawater,” said Mishra.
“The DRDO has responded positively towards turtle conservation measures and assured us not to illuminate the Abdul Kalam island to ensure the safe arrival of turtles,” he added.
A record number of 6,64,549 turtles laid eggs from Mar 8 to 12 this year on the Nasi-1 and Nasi- 2 islands of the marine sanctuary, breaking nesting record of last 16 years, he said.
Officials of Paradip Port Trust (PPT), Dhamra port and Gopalpur private-run ports have also been directed not to use powerful lighting systems as lakhs of turtles have already arrived on the sea and they are now mating, said Mishra.
Six years back, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) had helped Dhamara port to install turtle friendly light systems at the port site for allowing turtles to nest at the Nasi-1 and Nasi 2 islands within Gahiramatha beach.
These lights have no mercury vapour and only sodium vapour lamps have been installed. All lights have been directed downward so that the sky is not illuminated.
Kendrapara, Dec 3 (LocalWire): Four woman, including mother-in-law, were arrested on Monday for allegedly burning alive a 27-year-old woman for dowry at Balisuan village under Marsaghai police station of Kendrapada district.
All the four accused, including mother-in-law Saraswati Swain (60), and sisters-in-law Sukanti Swain (29), Basanti Swain (25) and Sagarika Swain (23), allegedly poured kerosene oil over Nirmal Swain’s wife Bharati Swain and set her ablaze on Sunday night.
According to the police, the couple was married three years back and they have a six-month-old daughter.
Bharati was allegedly tortured by her mother-in-law and sisters-in-law for dowry.
She succumbed to her burn injuries while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack on Monday.
“After investigation, we arrested all the four accused persons and booked them under sections 302 (murder) and 498-A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 4 of Dowry Prohibition. Act, 1961,” said Marsaghai police inspector-in-charge Kalinidi Behera.
The victim’s husband works as a plumber in Bangalore.
Kendrapara, Dec 3 (LocalWire): Spotted deer population has marginally decreased this year in the Bhitarkanika National Park and its nearby areas, as per the recent Mammal Census Report.
However, the park has recorded an increase in total number of mammals this year; the number has increased from 7129 in 2017 to 7728 in 2018.
“Last year, the forest officials counted 3184 spotted deer. During the recent three-day long Mammal Census from Nov 23-25, we found 3175 spotted deer,” said park’s Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Bimal Prasan Acharya.
The census report released on Monday, revealed the presence of 3175 spotted deer, 1756 wild boars, 2258 rhesus macaques, 11 common languors, 295 jackals, 20 fishing cats, 14 hyenas, 111 otters , 5 jungle cats, 22 mongooses, 24 foxes , 2 leopard cats, 18 porcupines, 6 Indian civet cats and 11 hares.
Pertinently, the Census report relied heavily on sighting forms, said the forest officer.
“We did Mammal Census in 50 forest beats of the park and its nearby areas and counted mammals in Bhitarkanika,” added Acharya.
“Last year we counted of 3184 spotted deer, 1660 wild boars , 1819 rhesus macaques , 15 common languors , 224 jackals, 28 fishing cats, 8 hyenas, 113 otters , 14 jungle cats, 14 mongooses, 28 foxes 16 hares and 4 porcupines,” he added.
The first Mammal Census was conducted in 2014.
Kendrapara, Dec 2 (LocalWire) A massive fire destroyed paddy fields with crops worth lakh at Mulabasant village under Mahakalapada block of Kendrapara district, police said on Sunday.
According to police, the fields caught fire when sparks from two electrical wires fell on the crops around 8.30 pm on Saturday.
“Crops over 12 acre land were destroyed,” said farmer Amar Pradhan.
Locals tried to douse the flames and retrieve half-burnt crops. Soon, fire officials reached the spot to control the flames.
“Crops of as many as 25 farmers were destroyed in the fire,” said farmer Janardan Das.
Kendrapara sub-collector Sanjay Mishra said: “I have already asked the Tehasildar of Mahakalapada and the district agriculture officer to submit a report after visiting the village. The authorities will provide help to the affected farmers.”
Kendrapara, Nov 26 (LocalWire): Banks of Chitrotola river at Kendrapara district came alive with boat races on Sunday morning.
Every year, Sasanipada villagers get together and race the boats along the river.
This five km long boat race is the highlight of the three-day long Chitrotola Bali Yatra festival at Sasinipada.
As many as 45 boats participated in the boat race.
“The boat race is undoubtedly the most exciting event of the year. This race was organized jointly by district fishermen’s association and Bali Yatra organizing committee,” said Surendranath Behera, president of Chitotola Bali Yatra committee.
Traditionally dressed rowers were cheered on by an exuberant crowd.
“The event draws a large number of locals and nearby villagers. Boat races have always been a part of the tradition of fishers,” said Dilip Kumar Mohapatra, secretary of Chitotola Bali Yatra committee .
Each country boat was oared by two skilled fishermen.
Ajaya Patra and Karunakar Behera stood first in the race and they got Rs 5000 each as first prize.
Kendrapara, Nov 26 (LocalWire): A debt-ridden farmer from Kendrapara district succumbed to his suicide attempt at a private hospital in Cuttack, police said on Monday.
Manas Rout (38), a resident of Baharasobala village under Mahakalapada block, attempted suicide by consuming poison on Nov 21 after his paddy fields were destroyed by pests and he suffered a huge financial loss.
He was immediately admitted at the district hospital and later shifted to a private hospital in Cuttack, where he passed away on Saturday night.
According to police sources, Rout got a loan of Rs. 50,000 for paddy cultivation on his three acre land.
He is survived by his two sons, a daughter, wife and old parents.
District collector Dasarathi Satapathy said: “I directed the deputy director of agriculture and sub- collector to submit a detailed report about this incident . After getting the report, the authorities will take necessary steps to provide help to the family members of the deceased farmer.”
Kendrapara, Nov 23 (LocalWire): Thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtle mating pairs have been spottted near Ekakula and Habalikhati in Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, officials said on Friday.
The mating season of the Olive Ridley turtles has just started and is expected to continue till December fourth week, official sources said.
Female Olive Ridleys lays around 100 eggs at one time. The eggs hatch after 50-60 days.
Olive Ridleys gather together for nesting on the Odisha coast between February and May.
Gahirmatha is the largest breeding place of Olive Ridley turtles, a species protected by Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
During the breeding season thousands of male and female turtles migrate to coastal breeding grounds and mating occurs offshore.
The Indian Coast Guard unit stationed at Paradip has launched ‘Operation Olivia’ from November 1 to protect the turtles.
The Indian Coast Guard has deployed a ship and aircraft to stop fishing trawlers from entering the sanctuary.
Forest officials have set up two offshore camps at Babubali and Agarnasi.
Fourteen onshore camps have also been set up from Dhamara to Devi Mouth to prevent trawlers from entering the sanctuary.