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Stone quarry mishap: Body of one JCB operator recovered

Koraput10/6/18:: Eleven days after two JCB operators got trapped under chunks of boulders at a stone quarry near Telengir Irrigation Project at Bariput in Koraput district, the body of one of them was recovered on Sunday.

The identity of the deceased was not immediately ascertained. The authorities have called up the family members of the two JCB operators to ascertain the identity of the body.

According to sources, two JCB operators, identified as Ghanshyam Guru and Sanjay Dash of Deogarh district, were busy excavating boulders by JCBs at the stone quarry around 7 pm on May 31 when the quarry caved in.

A joint team of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and fire officials were engaged at the quarry operated by one DD Construction Limited to rescue the JCB operators, but failed in the mission. Subsequently, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also roped in, but in vain.

Later, the administration sought the help of Indian army. A team of army engineers from Ranchi conducted series of minor blasts at the quarry and managed to recover the one body on Sunday.

While one more JCB operator is still trapped in the quarry, the rescue operation is underway.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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