The trees stood on land owned by the Railways, which has distanced itself from the incident. A spokesperson for East Coast Railways said, “It’s the PWD that can construct helipads. PWD personnel on site they “had no idea” who cut the trees.
A 19-year-old Dalit girl was raped in November 2011 and died in June 2012 after remaining in a semi-comatose state, sparking a state-wide furore. It was alleged that the accused in the case had been sheltered by Maharathy.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to next of kin of deceased and free medical treatment to the injured. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda conveyed their condolences.
The Central scheme will be a counter to the Odisha government’s Khushi scheme, in which sanitary napkins are provided free of cost to female students of government and government-aided schools in the state.
The strike was called off after a 12-hour impasse even as servitors demanded transfer of Puri SP and withdrawal of cases lodged in connection with October 3 protests,” Pradip Mohapatra, head of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration, said.