Bhubaneswar: In a truck accident in Odisha’s Sundargarh district at least nine persons were killed and 15 others injured, police said on Sunday.
The accident occurred near Suarapalli on Lahunipara-Baharaposi road on Saturday evening. Sources said the driver lost control over the vehicle following which it overturned and fell off a small bridge.
Police said while three persons died on the spot, three others died on way to hospital. The injured were admitted to Ispat General Hospital.
The death toll could go up as several of the injured were in critical conditions, sources said.
Police said the mini-truck was carrying kabaddi players and their supporters of Sendhpur village in Bonai block.
Additional SP (Bonei) R.B. Panigrahi said police were inquiring into the incident.
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.
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.