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5 Vegetable Shops were set on Fire in Bhawanipatna Town, Kalahandi

Five vegetable shops were set on fire at Naktiguda in Kalahandi district’s Bhawanipatna town yesterday, due to the burning of 11 KV electric wire. The general public blocked National Highway-26 in protest. 5 vegetable shopkeepers have written to the district collector seeking help.

Similarly, the electricity was cut off for 7 hours due to the fire. It was revealed that an 11 KV electric line was severed in Bhawanipatna’s Naktiguda intersection on Thursday morning. The 250 KV power transformer caught fire, with the incinerator, the AB cable and the LT wire burned.

A nearby dry tree caught fire and burned to the ground. Five vegetable shops along the roadside were set on fire. So Town police, firefighters and electricity officials were called to the scene. By the time the fire was extinguished, the shop was on fire.

People blocked the national highway, demanding compensation for the shopkeepers. They turned back on the road after the district administration agreed. Due to roadblocks, Traffic was stopped.

Bhagirathi Group of Hotels owner Pramod Khamari reached the spot and provided Rs 15000 to the 5 affected shopkeepers. Bhawanipatna Municipality Chairman Sanjukta Behera reached the spot and inspected the situation.

In the afternoon, BJD leader Samanta Khamari led 10 people from five shops and handed over the demand letter to Additional District Magistrate Sarat Chandra Srichandan on behalf of the Kalahandi district magistrate.

The Councilor Haramani Gond and affected shopkeepers Niladri Naik, Sukesh Sethia, Sita Nial, Bhabani Pan, Sindel Chhatria, Swarna Bagh, Arjun Sunani, Shibatri Bagh, Lakshmi Bagh, Mamata Pan went to meet the district magistrate. The townspeople have demanded that the state government should immediately assist the affected shopkeepers.



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