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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: It is now harrowing times for the family of Simanchal Parida, a youth from Ganjam district, who has reportedly gone missing following yesterday’s massive explosion at a petrol pump in Bhubaneswar.

The worried family members claimed that despite making several rounds at various hospitals in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, they are still to get any information regarding Simachal’s whereabouts.

Speaking to OTV, the family members said that Simanchal hails from Gahanga village of Aska in Ganjam district. A diploma engineer by training, Simachal was engaged in LPG maintenance work after he recently moved to Bhubaneswar from Kolkata where he earlier worked, said his family members.

“My brother’s mobile phone has been switched off since yesterday for which we could not establish any communication with him so far,” said Simanchal’s brother, Mangulu Parida.


Mangulu said he along with his relatives rushed to Bhubaneswar on Wednesday evening after hearing about the explosion at a fuel station in Bhubaneswar from television news channels.
“We initially went to Capital hospital to search for him and after failing to get any information, we immediately left for SCB Medical College and Hospital. There too, we did not get any information regarding Simanchal,” Mangulu added.

Simanchal’s sister Manjula said, “We had sent some articles in a bus, but he did not receive them. IOCL officials informed us that they have found a wallet and ATM card belonging to my brother from the explosion site,” she claimed.

The officials of Commissionerate Police could not be contacted over the claimed about the missing youth.

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