Friday, December 29, 2017

HALDHAR NAG OPENS FARM FAIR IN BALANGIR Saturday, 30 December 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar



HALDHAR NAG OPENS FARM FAIR IN BALANGIR
Saturday, 30 December 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Padma Shri Haldhar Nag inaugurated the Mati Maa Unnati Mela at Sirabahal, 20 km from here, on Friday. Jointly organised by the Krushak Samiti Samuha and the Bhim Pahad Krushak Producers Company, the fair was thronged by villagers.
Haldhar Nag narrated his struggling life and his experience of receiving Padm Shri. “I have always strived for development of the motherland, the mother tongue, Sambalpuri Kosali,” he said and stressed on cultivation of traditional paddy seeds and use of organic fertiliser to get more production and to shun cultivation of hybrid and high-yielding varieties. Deogaon Block Development Officer Shankar Prasad Sahu emphasised on new initiatives to increase income from the same plot of land. Balangir Krishi Bigyan Kendra Senior Scientist Ashis Das and District Agriculture Officer PK Rath spoke on judicious use of land water for better production. Madhu Sudan Sethi of the RWSS stressed the need of spreading the message to stop open defecation in the rural areas to lead a disease-free life. The Bhimpahad Krushak Producers Company, the Reliance Foundation and the RWSS have opened their stalls in the fair.

A one-act play with the theme of doubling the income of farmers was staged. Udar panchyat sarpanch Kanhu Meher, Kuturla sarpanch Bada Pradhan and Mukundpur sarpanch Balak Pradhan were felicitated. 

JUMBOS ON THE RAMPAGE DAMAGE CROPS IN BALANGIR Friday, 29 December 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

JUMBOS ON THE RAMPAGE DAMAGE CROPS IN BALANGIR
Friday, 29 December 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Elephants have been damaging paddy crops on a wide scale in Balangir, Deogaon, Loisingha and Agalpur blocks in Balangir district since last three days.
The elephants have damaged crops at Raipali and nearby villages in the Deogaon Forest Range, Upparjhar and its adjoining villages in the Balangir Forest Range and at Salebhata in the Loisingha Forest Range.
The jumbos have also damaged brinjal and tomato and banana fields. While there is Government provision for compensation for damage to paddy crop, there is no such provision for damages to vegetable cultivation. Worse, there is no clear-cut provision for compensation for the paddy damaged while stored in Khala (barn).
The procedure to get compensation for crop damage caused by elephants has been simplified since 2016; and farmers have to apply to the Forest Range office with some minimum documents like a Xerox copy of Aadhaar card, Record of Rights of the land and bank account and photograph of crop damage area.
According to Forest Department sources, 214 farmers were given crop damage compensation amounting to over Rs8 lakh in the Balangir Forest Range in 2016 within a few months after field verification and the money was transferred to farmers’ accounts.
However the affected farmers feel the compensation amount is inadequate. “We protect our village forests which have grown into dense forests. As a result, elephants came and damaged our paddy crops. The amount of compensation for crop damage is inadequate. We want it to be increased substantially," said a villager of Phatamunda in the Balangir Forest Range to the forest officials who came to generate awareness among masses about elephant conservation.
While the erratic rainfall and pest attack affected the farmers  first, the inadequate crop damage compensation and no compensation for damages to vegetable cultivation by elephants has hit the poor farmers hard further

ANIMAL SACRIFICE ONCE AGAIN AT SULIA YATRA THIS YEAR Wednesday, 27 December 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

ANIMAL SACRIFICE ONCE AGAIN AT SULIA YATRA THIS YEAR
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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With no opposition from any quarters, the sacrifice of goats, sheep, hens, and even buffaloes  took place once again on Tuesday at the main Sulia Pitha, popularly known as Badkhala, at Khairugda village in Kulpatda panchayat in Deogaon block in Balangir district, 24 km from the headquarters town here, much to the anguish of animal lovers.
Sulia Yatra is observed on the first Tuesday of the Pausa month by the tribal people. The killing of animals and birds takes place at Badkhala and  at another place called Saan Khala, 2 km from the main Yatra site.
Animal sacrifice is a tradition of tribals which has been going on for ages. The tribal people believe it as part of their culture and tradition, without which they cannot survive. They believe that offering blood of animals and birds to Sulia, their traditional deity, brings good harvest resulting in prosperity and happiness to their families and the community as a whole.
“I have brought a small buffalo to offer to deity Sulia Budha as one of my wishes has been fulfilled,” said an old tribal villager of Odiapali.
Even a small child accompanied by his family members also brought a buffalo to offer to the deity. “I have brought this buffalo to offer to Sulia as one of our my relatives got cured thanks to the blessings of the deity,” said Kahna of Baghapali.
Initially, Paat Buka or the special animal selected for killing is offered to the deity in early morning, after which other animals are killed. The sacrifice is managed by the Milita Sulia Yatra Puja Committee, which has representation of 61 villages in 15 gram panchayats of Balangir and contiguous Subarnapur districts. This year, the practice went on peacefully, said committee secretary Maya Pradhani.
The Sulia Yatra is one of the major festivals of tribals of western Odisha. On Monday evening, Lord Shiva is worshipped first and next early morning, animal sacrifice is performed during the festival.
“People are offering animals as their desires were fulfilled,” said Pramod Bohidar, a youth leader.

Three platoons of police force led by 15 officers and 70 Home Guards were deployed to maintain law and order at the Sulia Yatra this year, said Balangir SDPO NarayanNaik to this correspondent.

PDS, NREGS SCAM: B’NGIR VILLAGERS HOLD STIR Saturday, 23 December 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

PDS, NREGS SCAM: B’NGIR VILLAGERS HOLD STIR
Saturday, 23 December 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The villagers of Mahulpati led by Kartikeshwar Sahu are on a fast-unto-death stir before the collectorate here demanding action against the persons involved in corruption in implementation of MGNREGS and siphoning off PDS rice.
According to a memorandum submitted to the district Collector, false muster roll has been prepared for land development and the GRS of Mahulpati and Goindimaal and the Sarpanches of Mahulpati and Kandagad have bungled Rs 40lakh. And so far no action has been in this regard.
Similarly, in PDS distribution, there has been huge corruption. The then Sarpanch of Mahulpati Hiradhar Puta along with the then  Panchyat Executive Officer and salesman have lifted PDS rice of 3,000 quintals in the name of 122 dead persons and 46 migrants from December 2011to 2014, it said.
Moreover, an inquiry by District Social Auditor Barsha Harpal on June 21 also found irregularities in the MGNREGS implementation.
She gave several recommendations to check such thing in future.“As no action was taken against the persons involved in this PDS and NREGS scam by the district administration, we are on fast unto death before the collectriate here,” said an agitator.



B’NGIR VILLAGERS TOLD TO SAVE JUMBOS Thursday, 21 December 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

B’NGIR VILLAGERS TOLD TO SAVE JUMBOS
Thursday, 21 December 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The Save Elephant Foundation Trust Bhubaneswar, held meetings at Phatamunda and Purna Pani villages in Bolangir in collaboration with the local Forest department, with the campaign ‘Elephant is our friend’. Among others, Prakash Chandra Jena of Save Elephant Foundation stressed the need for conservation of elephants.
Among others, Bolangir Divisional Forest Officer Sameer Satpathy, ACF Goutam Naik, Honorary Wildlife Warden Sudhir Kumar Mishra ,former Chairman of State Women Commission Dr Jyoti Panigrahi, Bolangir Forest Range Officer BC Roul spoke on this occasion.
The speakers stressed the need for conservation of forest, elephants and how to check the growing man-elephant conflict.
However, the villagers complained of non receipt of compensation money towards crop damage and fumed that compensation given is quite low.

They demanded hike in the compensation amount. The officials assured to convey it to the higher authorities for further action. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thanks to the Dense FOG,: Fog facilitates the rescue of baby elephant in Bolangir. By;Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


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Fog facilitates the rescue  of baby elephant in Bolangir.
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Bolangir; It is a common incident to find dense fog in the morning continues till  8am and even 9am in the morning and the visibility becomes less on the road creating difficulty for the motorist, commuters and general public moving on the road.

A few days ago due to dense fog condition in New Delhi, resulted in the accident of many vehicles injuring many people.

However, in a sharp contrast, the dense fog helped the rescue of a baby elephant fallen in a well in a paddy field in Keseipali village of Bolangir district by the elephants themselves, has brought relief to local villagers, forest official and the animals-Jumbos too.

According to reports, a baby elephant which fell inside the well of a field near village Keseipali near Chelia Reserve forest in Loisingha range on Thursday morning was rescued by fellow elephants and they took him into Chelia Reserve forest

According to sources today morning the elephant's squad member of Loisingha Forest Range came to know about the incident of a baby elephant fallen inside the well.When the elephant squad member tried to go near the spot of the incident, they were chased by the elephants.

Apparently, the elephants while trying cross from one side of paddy field to other paddy fields, the baby elephant slipped from the bund(side/ Locally calledADDI)and fell there. The elephant is a social animal and always found to “live/stay in the group” and they would not leave anyone from their group and the elephant try their best to rescue anyone falls in any deep place/well/pond.

There was dense fog in today morning in that village. This helped the elephants to carry out their rescued operation for long time. The well had water full to its capacity. As there was full water in the well, both the elephants damaged the stone wall of the well and rescued the baby elephant from thereby their trunk and took him into nearby Chelia Reserve Forest.

Had there been day light by that time, it would have brought a lot of tension for local people, forest official and the animals too. Normally the elephant would not move out in day time. During day time crowd and village people would have gathered around the spot to see elephant and forest official would have to move from pillar to post to rescue the elephant,, besides crowd  controlling.
However thanks to the dense fog, the elephants could carry out their attempt to rescue the baby from the well and took him into reserve forest. All this happened “Thanks to the dense fog”.(photograph shows how elephant damaged the  well )


Monday, December 11, 2017

PROMOTION OF TRADITIONAL PADDY SEEDS URGED Monday, 11 December 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

PROMOTION OF TRADITIONAL PADDY SEEDS URGED
Monday, 11 December 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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To popularise cultivation of traditional varieties of paddy seed and steps for its preservation, Desi Bihan Parab 2017 was held at village Kharamal in Bargarh district on December 7.
“We have been organising the Desi Bihan Parab every year to promote cultivation of traditional varieties of paddy and their preservation since last 10 years,” said Sibaprasad Sahu of the Ahinsha Club.
Earlier, village women went in a rally with Kalashes (pots) containing Desi Bihan (traditional seeds) on their heads after worshipping them.
Later, a meeting was held where in Bargarh MP Prabhas Singh, farmer leaders Lingraj and Saroj Mohanty, poet Padmashree Haldhar Nag and Balangir Zilla Parishad President Bharati Mahanand stressed the need for preservation of traditional varieties paddy seed, which are becoming extinct with every passing day, and their promotion and popularisation among farmers.
They said farmers would have to use less pesticides and insecticides once they goes for cultivation of Desi varieties of seed; and by consuming such crops, one can lead a disease-free life. In such a situation, farmers would not have to depend on commercial firms for paddy seeds.
An exhibition of more than 100 varieties of traditional paddy seed and several varieties minor millet was held at the festival site.


FARMERS’ COOPERATIVE OPENS THIRD BALANGIR HAAT NOW Monday, 11 December 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

FARMERS’ COOPERATIVE OPENS THIRD BALANGIR HAAT NOW
Monday, 11 December 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The Bhimpahad Krushak Producer Company Limited (BKPCL), with assistance from Nabard and guidance from the Reliance Foundation, opened a weekly haat (market) at Ardda village in Gaibahal panchyat under Deogaon block, 20 km from here.
The motto is to provide easy access to the marginal farmers, women and other local people to market, develop entrepreneurship quality among people, save farmers from the exploitation by middlemen and ensure better marketing of agricultural produce.
This is the third weekly haat after the ones at Budelgumma and Kuliabahal opened by BKPCL, which is a registered body of 1,500 farmers of 33villages, said its chairman Satya Narayan.
 “Before opening the haat here, we brought a no objection certificate from the panchyat and held a meeting in at least 20 villages,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Balangir District Central Co-operative Bank (BDCCB) president Laxman Meher hoped that with the opening of the market, the rural economy of the area would get a boost and farmers would able to sell their produce at fair prices and people of the village and nearby areas would get their daily needs at their doorstep. He assured to look into the demands of water supply facility in the market.
Nabard DDM Tapan Kumar Sahu explained the provision and facilities for the market. Gaibahl Sarpanch Kalyani Dalei, Reliance Foundation, Balangir team leader Tutu Sethi, Ajay Das from Aam Adami Party(AAP)  among others spoke.
According to sources, on the first day, 243 small traders opened their stalls and transacted business worth around Rs 3 lakh.



Weekly Haat(Market ) at Ardda village in Deogaon Block of Bolangir district

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Weekly market;https://youtu.be/OOhwVXnSYpE


please see the video on weekly market and give your comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOhwVXnSYpE
https://youtu.be/OOhwVXnSYpE


Saturday, November 25, 2017

BANDH IN B’NGIR, SUBARNAPUR: KOSAL STATE DEMANDED Saturday, 25 November 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR/SONEPUR | in Bhubaneswar

BANDH IN B’NGIR, SUBARNAPUR: KOSAL STATE DEMANDED
Saturday, 25 November 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR/SONEPUR | in Bhubaneswar
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Normal life in Balangir town and elsewhere in the district was affected on Friday due to a 12-hour bandh call given by the Kosal State Coordination Committee (KSCC) protesting against the “continuous neglect of this region and demanding formation of separate Kosal State”.
Shops and other business establishment, post offices, petrol pumps, banks and Government offices remain closed. The District and Sessions Judge Court was also closed. Both Government and private Buses were off the road. However, trains services were normal.
KSCC members along with activists of different organisations went round the town and shouted slogans for formation of a separate Kosal State.
KSCC chief coordinator Pramod Mishra said, “Today, people of Balangir and Subarnapur districts have supported the bandh for a separate Kosal State. Prior to merger with the State of Odisha in 1948, the ex-Patna state was a rich and prosperous one. After the merger, many reputed institutions and industries of this region were either shifted to other places or neglected totally. As a result, our region remains economically backward and facing distress migration in the absence livelihood and job opportunities. We demand a separate Kosal State under Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution. Henceforth, the Kosal movement would be taken to village level to intensify our agitation further.”
Later a meeting was held before the district Collectriate where Pramod Mishra, Gopalji Pangrahi of the Balangir Action Committee, advocate Dolamani Pradhan and Ravi Shankar Mishra and other organisations’ leaders, members of the Citizen Committee decried the State Government’s neglect of the region and demanded formation of a separate Kosal State.
There was no report of any incident from any parts of the district and the bandh was peaceful, said Additional Superintendent of Police Sashibhushan  Satpathy to this correspondent over phone.
The bandh in the neighbouring Subarnapur district called by the KSCC also passed off peacefully.
Educational institutions, commercial establishments and Government offices remained closed in all the blocks. Traffic was disrupted on the Khordha-alangir National Highway and other roads connecting Sonepur as vehicles were not allowed to ply through the town.
Many social organisations supported the bandh in all six blocks in the district.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

15 DAYS ON, PADDY PROCUREMENT UNSATISFACTORY IN BALANGIR DIST

15 DAYS ON, PADDY PROCUREMENT UNSATISFACTORY IN BALANGIR DIST
Thursday, 23 November 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

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Even as 15 days have passed since the process of procurement of Kharif paddy began at PACS-run mandis in Balangir district, significant quantity of paddy has not been purchased as yet, thanks to the strike by Secretaries of PACS, which was lifted only on November 19.
As per the decision taken in the district-level paddy procurement committee, paddy would be procured from farmers at mandis of 156 PACS.
Majority of the mandis have no adequate infrastructure to reduce the “exploitation of farmers” and leaving enough scope for exploitation of farmers by miller’s.
According to sources, 56 out of 61 rice mills have signed agreement papers with Civil Supplies Corporation to participate in the paddy procurement process in 2017.
However, some of the mills have hiked capacity to produce rice in the mills from two to six tonnes and from six to 12 tonnes, according to papers given to Civil Supplies authority. The hike in the capacity would enable the rice millers to participate in the paddy procurement process in other districts and creates scope for manipulation and rice recycling, alleged many.
As per the rules, if a rice mill hikes its capacity, the concerned mill owner has to intimate and take approval from electricity department, District Industry Center, Pollution Control Board, Factories and Broilers wing of electricity department6 and has to pay taxes for the purchase of new equipment.
Rules and provisions of different Acts have been breached more than followed in this regard. A thorough inquiry should be undertaken in this regard, opined a local here.

“We usually ask for security deposits and papers of the rice milld when they hike their capacity. We attach more importance on security deposits. In case of a complaint, we will enquire into the allegation,” said in-charge Civil Supplies Officer B Kar. 

PADDY MSP ROW: NARASINGHA SLAMS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT Wednesday, 22 November 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

PADDY MSP ROW: NARASINGHA SLAMS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Narasingha Mishra severely slammed the Narendra Modi Government for not increasing paddy MSP to 150 per cent of the production cost even after passing of over three years since it came to power at the Centre.
 “While Rs 2,350 is spent for production of a quintal of paddy, a farmer is getting only Rs 1,550 now. During 1014 elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to raise paddy MSP to 150 per cent of cost of production but nothing has been done so far,” Mishra said at the 64th Cooperative Week programme held here on Monday evening.
Among others, Jagneswar Babu, Radha Kanta Panda and Lalit Nayak spoke.
District Central Cooperative Bank president Laxman Meher said the back could earn Rs 9 crore due to hard work of employees and others.
On this occasion, BDCC former president and employees who worked dedicatedly were honoured with shawl and citation.
Social activist Lalit Nayak demanded that all vacant posts in the DCCB be filled up soon. Members of Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACSs) of Balangir and Subarnapur districts attended. 


Monday, November 20, 2017

B'NGIR POULTRY FARMERS DEMAND PROTECTION Tuesday, 21 November 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

B'NGIR POULTRY FARMERS DEMAND PROTECTION
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Balangir District Poultry (Broiler) Farmers Association president Prasanta Satpathy expressed concern over unauthorized entry of outside traders in the district.
There are 70 poultry (broiler) farmers in the district whose capacity varies between 1,000 and 10,000 birds per day and the district produces around 13,000 birds daily, said Satpathy. But he said that since the outside traders are selling chicks at much lower prices, the local farmers are incurring heavy losses.
A poultry farmer usually purchases chicks and sells it after two months for consumption. Earlier, we were purchasing chick at Rs 24 per kg and after feeding for two months, we sold it at Rs 60. But in an unexpected development, big poultry firms have entered into the district and are offering chicks and other facility to the farmers to woo them. At times, these firms are creating artificial shortage of chicks and selling them at higher prices, which affect the local farmers here.
Moreover, some traders are selling chicks bringing from Chhatisgarh and selling here to the detriment of the local farmers, said Satpathy.
"We urge the district administration to take proper steps to check the unauthorized trade by big agencies here and check import from the neighbouring State to protect the interest of local poultry farmers," said Satpathy. 
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No Mandi yet, Balangir farmers agitate(21nov2017)
Balangir: Several farmers led by president of Zilla Krushak Mahasangha Sudhir Parischha on Monday staged a dharna before the District Civil Supplies Office here demanding opening of a Mandi to procure paddy from them. Even though the district administration had decided to open a Mandi from November 6, the facility has not yet functioned. "We demand immediate opening of a Mandi in the district so that farmers are able to sell their paddy; otherwise, the farmers will resort to distress sale of their produce," said Sudhir Parischha.
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WORK FOR NAT’L UNITY, B’NGIR YOUTHS TOLD
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The 100th birth anniversary of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was observed at Jhalap village under Bongomunda block. It was organised jointly by the Nehru Yuva Kendra and Palli Pragati Pathagar, Jhalap.
Former Congress MLA from Kantabanji Santosh Singh Saluja was the chief guest on the occasion. Saluja recalled the efforts of Gandhi to make India a strong one and strengthen the national integrity. He called upon youths to work for strengthening the national unity and developing the nation.
Earlier, Saluja inaugurated a blood donation camp wherein 23 youths donated blood.
Among others, Zilla Parishad Member Chandrarani Nayak, Bipin Jena of NYK Bolangir, Vice Chairman of Bongomunda Block Mamraj Jain and Lekhram Bhoi of Palli Pragati Pathagar spoke.


Friday, November 17, 2017

HUGE CACHE OF EXPLOSIVES SEIZED; 3 HELD IN BALANGIR


(police announcing it in a press conference)
HUGE CACHE OF EXPLOSIVES SEIZED; 3 HELD IN BALANGIR
Friday, 17 November 2017 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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On a tipoff, a police team led by DSP Gunanidhi Mallick raided the storehouse of one Sudam Mahaling on Tuesday night at Sadeipali village located on the outskirts of the town and seized a huge cache of explosives.
The police arrested three persons, including the BJP’s Kantabanji Nagar president Murarilal Agarwal and his son Mahesh Agarwal in connection with the incident.
They seized 106 bundles of safety fuse, 38 bags of ammonium nitrate and also another loose 15kg of ammonium Nitrate, 13,527 electrical detonators, 35, 5,770 non-electrical detonators, 15 kg charcoal powder, 15 kg sulphar powder and electrical wire of 8 bundles besides cash of Rs 2, 32,155, informed Balangir SDPO Narayan Naik at a Press conference here on Thursday.
The police during investigations found that Sudam had an explosives license which was valid till March 2011. He used to procure the explosives from one Mahesh Agrawal of Kantabanji.
Although father of Mahesh, Muralilal Agrawal is having an explosive licence, yet the explosive supplied to Sudam is illegal, the SDPO said.
Neither Murailal has provided any documents for selling the explosive to Sudam nor has he a valid license to store the huge quantity of explosives. The police have seized cash worth of Rs 2, 32,155 of the transaction, further said the SDPO.
Sudam used to sell the explosive to quarry operators in the district. But he could not produce any papers in support of his purchase from Murarilal. The police arrested Sudam and Mahesh and registered a case under Sections 5 of the Explosive Substance Act, said Naik.
But the question is how the police and intelligence machinery could not know about the trading of explosives of huge quantity going on here.
Reporters pointed out how police in Kantabanji let off a truck laden with explosives a few years ago and expressed concern over illegal operation of stone quarries in the district and blasting.
Locals also expressed surprise how could such a huge quantity of explosive were stored in the village.