.........BERHAMPUR: A junior engineer, in-charge of power supply to Bramhanigaon in Kandhamal district and Mohona block in Gajapati district, was abducted by angry locals from his Adava office and handed over to police on Saturday night.
The division is responsible for power supply to eight gram panchayats (GPs) under Bramhanigaon and three GPs in Mohona. For the last several days, the residents of these 11 GPs faced the problem of frequent power cuts despite regular payment of bills.
This left them annoyed and residents of eight GPs in Bramhanigaon decided at a meeting on Saturday to detain the JE, Jyotish Patnaik, till a solution to power problem is worked out. Accordingly, they reached Mohona and abducted the JE, brought him to Bramhanigaon and handed him over to the police. Later, they waited outside the police station.
On receiving information, SDO Bhaskar Nayak lodged an FIR with Adava police, whose team reached Bramhanigaon along with Nayak. The locals demanded a written assurance on regular power supply before setting Patnaik free.
Accordingly, the SDO assured in writing to withdraw the FIR lodged at Adava and provide alternate power supply to 33 KV transformer at the time of power disruption for uninterrupted supply. After the written submission, the detained JE was released after nearly nine hours.
Firefighters faint after rescue mission
IN the absence of safety equipment, two fire brigade personnel of Dharakote block fainted after a rescue operation on Saturday night. Sources said Ashu Swain (22) fell into an open well at Gudiamba. As the well was 40 feet deep, locals informed the fire brigade, who reached the spot. Two firefighters entered the well but came back after feeling suffocated.
After making futile attempts, the two firefighters risked their lives and rescued Ashu, who had sustained injuries and fractures on his chest and other body parts. After coming out, the two firefighters fainted. All the three were taken to Dharakote hospital. While the two firefighters were discharged, Ashu was shifted to MKCGMCH.