Descendants of freedom fighter Laxmi Indira Panda on Saturday staged a protest at Jeypore in Koraput district, demanding expeditious police investigation to trace her grandson, Babula Panda, who went missing on April 16 at the railway station here. Babula’s parents, Surendra Panda and Sujata Panda, were among the descendants of freedom fighters felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Raj Bhavan here. Babula had accompanied his parents to the function. Laxmi Indira Panda had joined Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army in the Rani Jhansi Regiment when she was only 14 years old, and fought against the British for the country’s Independence. Separated at stationJust an hour before Babula and his parents were to board the Hirakhand Express from Bhubaneswar to return to Jeypore, the three got separated at the railway station. While Babula’s father Surendra Panda reached Jeypore a day later, his mother Sujata Panda boarded a wrong train and landed in Balasore, from where she was rescued. But Babula could not be traced.Subsequently, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the police to find Babula, but the police had made no headway till Saturday. “It is duty of the government to find our son,” said Ms. Panda.
Every dark cloud has a silver lining and Krishna Poonia believes that although she failed to clinch a gold at the Asian Games, her bronze winning effort – injury notwithstanding – proves that she is good enough to win a medal at the 2012 London Olympics.Rather than lamenting after a bronze medal – she made headlines after winning a gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games – Krishna is happy that she could put a ligament tear and back pain behind her and give it her best shot in Guangzhou.”I know a few of my well-wishers are disappointed that I couldn’t give a performance worth a gold medal, but I feel the fact that I could endure the pain and throw to a distance of 61.94m proves that I have it in me to achieve greater distances once I am back to full fitness,’ Krishna told MAIL TODAY.”I seriously believe that if I didn’t have the injury going into the Asian Games, I would have been a serious threat to both Li Yanfeng (gold medal) and Song Aimin (silver medal). My overall fitness level had gone down due to the injuries.”Elaborating further on her bad knee, Krishna said: “I have had mixed reports so far and while a few doctors have suggested surgery, others have said that I should take medicines and work with physiotherapists so as to avoid surgery. “I also have to ensure that I keep training to a minimum and don’t overwork my knee.advertisement”Now with the Olympics coming up in two years’ time, I don’t want to keep the surgery for too late a date. If a surgery has to be done, it should be done and dusted with as soon as possible. A stage shouldn’t arrive where I need to undergo surgery just months before the Olympics.”That would be disastrous. I will be consulting a few more doctors in the next few days and take a final call on this matter.” The injury also means that the muchtouted duel with Australia’s Dani Samuels will also have to take a backseat.But Krishna assured that she is definitely game for the contest sometime in the future.”Having competed in two high-voltage events this year, I will not be able to sustain my peak and throw well if I competed with Dani at this stage. “Also, now that I have sustained the injury, it makes things even more difficult for me as it will take a while not only to recuperate but also to get back to full fitness.To be honest, the duel can’t take place as of now. But I am definitely game for it in the future,” she said. Krishna also admitted that she will be giving the World Championships a miss this year as she wants to prepare for the London Olympics.”I will be missing the World Championships to be held in South Korea in August as I have to rest a bit and ensure that I plan properly so that I can peak at the 2012 Olympics. I can’t aggravate my injury at this stage,” she added.