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Sharmili Mallick

Officials of Odisha Vigilance on Thursday conducted raids at the residence, office and some locations related to Santosh Kumar Das, Assistant Engineer of Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) at Baripada in Mayurbhanj district, on charges of building up wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Reports said the Vigilance sleuths conducted simultaneous raids at as many as 11 locations including Bhubaneswar, Balasore and Mayurbhanj. As many as 10 DSPs, 4 Inspectors, and 30 other staff have been engaged in the searches at multiple places.

Das’ four-storey building in Bhubaneswar, flat at Sailashree Vihar and under-construction building at Kalinga Vihar in the Capital City. Besides, searches were carried out at several places in Balasore district—four storey building, house at Badhapal village under Baliapal block, in-laws house at Pitina village under Sadar block, rented house of his son-in-law near LIC Colony, and the native place of Das’ son-in-law located at Dudpal village under Baliapal block.

The Vigilance team also raided the official's rented house located at Bhanjpur and his son’s rented house at Baisinga in Mayurbhanj district and office chamber located at ITDA office at Baripada.

“Based on a complaint registered against ITDA Assistant Engineer Santosh Kumar Das, raids were conducted at several places. We are searching his rented house in Baripada and the exact amount of disproportionate assets found will be known after the searches are complete,” informed an official of the Vigilance team.

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