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Bomikhal ROB mishap: Construction firm’s owner Pratap Panda granted conditional bail

 

Bhubaneswar: Panda Infra Projects Pvt Ltd chief and owner Pratap Panda was granted conditional bail by the Bhubaneswar Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) in connection with the death of a labourer during construction of a railway over bridge (ROB) near Bomikhal in the city on May 3.

Panda was granted conditional bail by Bhubaneswar SDJM court on surety of Rs 50,000. He was asked to appear before the local police station in every fortnight.

Panda was arrested on May 4 for his alleged neglect that led to collapse of a portion of Bomikhal road over bridge (ROB) and subsequent death of a labourer on May 3. He was booked under He was booked under Section 304 IPC apart from other appropriate sections.

Significantly, Panda was arrested on same charges in the wake of a tragedy at the same site in September 2017 when a portion of the same bridge caved in, killing a businessman and injuring 11, including his five-year-old daughter.

One labourer was killed and another injured when a girder from the under-construction overbridge in Bomikhal collapsed on May 3 evening.

Meanwhile, the State Government dissociated Panda Infra Projects from further construction of Bomikhal ROB.

 

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