Big breakthrough in Salem train heist as probe leads CB-CID to Odisha, West Bengal

Thieves drilled a hole on top of the parcel compartment and decamped with Rs 5.75 crore worth of soiled notes reportedly belonging to the Reserve Bank of India. 

The CB-CID investigation team has identified the leader of an interstate gang and at least two of his associates, who had meticulously planned and executed the crime. Though the investigation team has identified the culprits behind the heist, they are yet to make any arrests. Officials had initially traced the gang leader to West Bengal and then to Odisha, but on both occasions, he managed to escape. 

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School Teacher Suspended For Comments To Girl Student In Odisha

A school teacher in Odisha's Angul district was suspended on Friday on charge of passing objectionable remarks towards a standard-VIII girl student.

The accused identified as Laxminarayan Prasad Bhujabal (37), an assistant teacher at Patakamunda High School in Chhendipada block of the district, has been placed under suspension based on a report from the district education officer (DEO), Angul district additional magistrate (ADM) Srinivas Behera said.


Japanese Encephalitis Under Control, Claims Odisha Government

The Odisha government today claimed that Japanese Encephalitis was well under control even as the death toll in the tribal-dominated Malkangiri district touched 93 in a span of two months.

Health and family welfare minister Pradip Kumar Amat said that 93 children had died in Malkangiri district, of which 32 were suferring from JE.

The health minister, however, attempted to downplay the situation and claimed that 61 kids died of some other diseases.

He said that currently 17 children were undergoing treatment at the district headquarters hospital in Malkangiri.


52 Maoists, 94 Supporters Surrender In Malkangiri

As many as 52 Maoists and 94 of their supporters have surrendered before Malkangiri police.

This is a big blow to the Maoists as the surrenders have taken place close on the heels of the killing of at least 28 rebels in a fierce encounter with Odisha and Andhra Pradesh police on October 24 in the district, police said today.

Those who have surrendered were from Sudhakonda and Radulkonda villages under Kalimela Block and included five women and nine village committee members, police said, adding that they surrendered before Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra.

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19 Maoists Killed In Encounter At Andhra-Odisha Border, 2 Policemen Injured

At least 19 Maoists were killed in a major encounter in early hours on Monday near Malkangiri, at Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border. Two policemen were also injured.

The security forces attacked a Maoist camp, about 10 km from Malkangiri, where at least 50-60 Maoists had gathered for a meeting, an official said.

Police say they were tipped off about a meeting of top Maoists officials in the area following which the search and combing operations were being carried out since late last night.


20 killed in Odisha hospital fire

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visits the injured; over 100 patients undergoing intensive care treatment in nine hospitals.

At least 20 persons were killed and 120 others injured when a major fire broke out at SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar on Monday evening.

While 14 patients were received “brought dead” at the Capital Hospital, eight were “brought dead” to AMRI Hospital from the fire-struck private medical facility, officials said.

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