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Youth murdered in heart of the city

Staff Reporter

Benefit sharing in parking fee collection the trigger

BHUBANESWAR: A youth was stabbed to death in full public view in front of a busy upmarket shopping mall over alleged dispute in sharing of benefit in managing a parking area here on Sunday.

The deceased was identified as Santu Ghosh and the assaulter, Chitta Ranjan Das, was said to be another operator, in an illegally regulated parking area in Satya Nagar area.

The simmering rivalry between the two reached a flash point when Das attacked the victim with sharpened knife. Police sources said the Santu died on the spot.

The place immediately wore a deserted look after the murder. Das was arrested later .

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation had auctioned a parking place around the mall in Satya Nagar at Rs. 8 lakh per year.

The profits from the BMC-regulated attracted some unemployed youths having clouts in the area to create another parking area right in front of the mall.

Both the victim and attacker had been at loggerheads over sharing of benefits. They had even an altercation in the morning before occurrence of murder.

Unregulated parking

The murder, however, brought the issue of unregulated parking places back to the focus. According to Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, there are about 16 vacant places earmarked for parking in the capital city.

However, at several places new parking places have come up without formal licenses from BMC.

These parking places are regulated by local goons. Fee collected for facilitating vehicle parking is also not uniform.

For past few years Bhubaneswar has witnessed bustling of activities with opening of new offices and malls and number of vehicles has also risen exponentially. However, lack of adequate parking place has been a big botheration for people. Often people are forced to park their vehicle along roadside.

A couple of years ago, about 76 parking places on both sides of three major roads inside capital city were identified for parking lots. But road expansion has eaten away the parking place.

Citizens associations allege neither BMC nor Commissionerate of Police has come out with interim solution to parking woes.

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