Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 10:
A day after news on the sorry tale of official apathy was published in leading Odia daily ‘Sambad’, the chief minister’s office (CMO) on Tuesday sought a detailed report from the Transport department on the plight of a man from Odisha’s Kandhamal district who has been running from pillar to post to get his auto rickshaw ever since it was seized by the Bhubanewsr MVI way back in 2000.
Nilanchal Nayak, the man from Nathapadar village under Phiringia block in Kandhamal district, has threatened to commit immolation in front of Naveen Nivas, the Chief Minister’s residence, if he does not get his auto rickshaw back soon.
According to sources, the department has been asked by the CMO to submit a report on the circumstances under which the incident took place.
Nilanchal has been doing the rounds of offices to get back his stolen auto rickshaw, which did a vanishing act from the premises of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) here in 2000, for an unbelievable 15 years now.
Nilanchal fell into the trap of the MVI checking squad while he was returning to his hometown after repairing his auto rickshaw which was damaged in an accident.
His vehicle was seized by the Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) during a checking at Acharya Vihar in 2000 as he could not furnish the documents. He was asked to release his vehicle from the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Bhubaneswar after producing the documents.
Interestingly, the auto rickshaw was ‘stolen’ from the transport office’s premises.
Since then, he has been running from pillar to post to get back his vehicle.
Two days ago, he even threatened to commit immolation along with his family in front of Naveen Niwas if the authorities fail to recover his auto rickshaw.
Desperation is mounting on him as the Odisha State Finance Development Corporation (OSFDC) has served a notice on him to auction the mortgaged property should he fails to repay the loan amounting to over Rs 2 lakh which he had availed to buy the auto rickshaw, his lone source of income then.