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Self-styled godman Sarathi Baba arrested in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Locals clashed with police personnel on the outskirts of the Odisha capital on Monday after a self-styled godman was arrested and charged with sexually exploiting a woman. The violence occurred near the Trahi Achyut Ashram as news spread about the arrest of the godman, Surendranath Mishra, and his son.

Sarathi-BabaEven as police imposed prohibitory orders banning the assembly of five or more people, people collected at the place, forcing police to use canes in a bid to disperse them. When the godman’s supporters pelted stones at the police, they lobbed tear gas. “We are trying to maintain law and order,” said Police Commissioner R.P. Sharma. He said 12 people had been arrested for vandalism and hooliganism.

Police sources said several people were injured from both the sides in the clash. They included Deputy Commissioner of Police Satyabrat Bhoi. Sharma said police would try to take police remand for the godman and his son to interrogate them. A woman has lodged a complaint of sexual exploitation against the godman. Police have slapped charges of wrongful restraint, wrongful confinement, obscenity and criminal intimidation against the godman. Charges under the Arms Act have also been slapped against him following the recovery of two air guns and three 9 mm cartridges from the ashram.

(IANS)

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Cancer-Causing Chemical Found In Odisha Fish Sample

Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne

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Cancer-causing chemical formalin was found in fish stocks available in the markets here, an official said on Friday.

Traces of cancer-causing formalin were found in Pomfret fish samples, collected from the Unit-IV fish market in Bhubaneswar, said Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department Secretary Vishal Gagan.

A 12-member team from the department collected samples of around nine varieties of fish including marine, freshwater, and brackish water from the market and Chilika Fresh outlets — fish retailers — on Friday.

While formalin content was found in Pomfret fish samples, Gagan said the entire stock will be destroyed if more fish tested positive.

After the Assam government banned the import of fish from Andhra Pradesh, the Odisha government on Thursday issued directions to examine the quality of fish being imported from Andhra Pradesh to detect the presence of formalin.

Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.
Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

Formalin, a cancer-inducing chemical, is used to keep dead fish fresh and enhance their storage life.

Gagan also informed that a committee under the District Collectors will be formed to ensure that no prohibitory substances are used to preserve the stock.

“As only one out of nine samples has tested positive, we are now concentrating on collecting information from various parts of the state and will take an appropriate decision regarding a ban on fish imports,” he said.

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Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne. (IANS)

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