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Resentment over ‘rope barricade’ for journalists during CM’s entry in Odisha Assembly

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Is Odisha government afraid of journalists or is it trying to hide something? Well this question is now haunting scores in the state. After bans in several government programmes, the journalists were stopped by police personnel using a rope as a barricade in the Assembly today.

The photograph of police personnel using a rope as barricade to stop entry of journalists ahead of the arrival of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inside Odisha Assembly has now gone viral on social media. Resentment is also brewing among the journalists over the incident as earlier they were banned at several government programmes.

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This latest incident was reported on the first day of the budget session of the Odisha Assembly. Members of the media fraternity including journalists & photo journalists had turned up at the Odisha Assembly premises to cover the proceedings on Tuesday.

As it was time for the Chief Minister’s arrival, the security personnel present at the spot pulled a rope and used it as a barricade to the stop the journalists. The photograph of the incident soon went viral on social media platforms.

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It is not for the first time that the journalists have been ill-treated. Earlier, the entry of media was restricted inside Loka Seva Bhawan citing Covid-19 despite lockdown was lifted everywhere else. Later, the journalists were restricted at several government programmes as well. The latest restriction was observed during President Droupadi Murmu’s recent visit to Odisha on February 10.

So, why the government is trying such gags? Why the government is so angry on the media? Whether it is for exposing the government or news coverage against the government’s wishes & interests?

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Senior journalist, Prasanna Mohanty said, “The way rope was used to restrict journalists is a humiliation. I have already written to the Odisha Assembly Speaker seeking prompt intervention.”

Senior Journalist Rabi Das said, “There is no scope in Odisha where the journalists can question the Chief Minister. We have seen that government calls journalists for discussion when government programmes are boycotted. I believe that there will be a change in the situation if there is unity.”

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Expressing concern, Congress MLA Suresh Routray said, “The journalists cannot enter Odisha Assembly, Secretariat, DG office. Will the journalists roam under the trees? Such restrictions are certainly condemnable and injustice is being meted out.”

Opposition Chief Whip, Mohan Majhi said, “Media is the fourth pillar of the society and any kind of restriction on journalists is unfortunate.”

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When the incident was brought to the notice, Information and Public Relations (I&PR) Minister, Pradip Kumar Amat said, “I will examine whatever has happened.”

(Reported by Harihar Chand)

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Ransom or something else? Mystery shrouds abduction & murder of Jharsuguda businessman’s minor son 

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While the abduction and subsequent killing of a 15-year-old boy for a ransom of Rs 50 lakh in Odisha’s mineral-rich Jharsuguda district has sent shockwaves across the State, the involvement of the two persons in the crime, who don’t have any criminal antecedents, has deepened the mystery surrounding the case.

Though police have arrested the two accused- Amit Kumar Sharma of Jharsuguda and Dinesh Kumar Agarwal of Brajrajnagar in connection with the case, the motive behind the crime is yet to be established.

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Earlier on March 28, police had recovered the body of Samarth Agarwal, son of a businessman of Sarbahal, Bargarh.

Amit along with his aide Dinesh abducted Samarth on March 27 while the latter was on his way for cricket practice on a scooter.

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According to sources, the duo first demanded Rs 50 lakh and later Rs 90 lakh from Samarth’s father even after knowing he is not financially strong.

Interestingly, Amit was the neighbour of Samarth at Jharsuguda’s Brundaban colony. Even Amit’s daughter used to tie Rakhi to Samarth and call him brother.

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But what led Amit to hatch the kidnapping plot and kill Samarth for the ransom is still a mystery. 

“We are investigating from all angles. As per preliminary investigation, the accused have called Samarth’s father on March 27 night and later on March 28 after killing him,” said Smit Parmar, Jharsuguda SP.

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On the other hand, the family members of the deceased have demanded stern action against the accused and restoration of law and order in the district.

“The entire family is broken. After Samarth’s death, common people will not feel safe to send their children outside. The government must take necessary steps to restore the law and order situation,” said Gobinda Agarwal, relative of the deceased.
Meanwhile, friends and the coach have mourned Samarth’s death.

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“Samarth was well behaved and we were good friends. We used to practice daily and played many matches,” said the friend of the deceased.

“He (Samarth) was very serious about his game and he had already represented Jharsuguda U-16 team. He could have represented the State team soon. The district has lost a very talented player,” said Sumit Singh, coach of Samarth.

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(Reported by Debandra Behera, Bhagirathi Sahoo and Sanjay Jena, OTV)

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Minor boy goes missing in Daya River on Bhubaneswar outskirts 

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A minor boy reportedly went missing after being swept away in Daya River near Lingipur on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar on Thursday evening.

According to sources, the mishap took place when the minor boy, a resident of Indira Colony in Lingipur, was taking bath in the river this evening.

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He suddenly slipped and was swept into the river, said eyewitnesses. However, why he came to the river and who else was accompanying him or whether he was alone is yet to be established.

On being informed about the incident, Fire Services personnel rushed to the spot and launched a search operation.

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Till the last report came in, the Fire Services personnel were yet to trace the missing boy even after three hours of frantic search.
 
Though two scuba diving experts of the Fire Services department were engaged in the search operation, darkness was posing to be the major obstacle, sources informed. 

(Reported by Atulya Bout, OTV)

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