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Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Odisha vigilance sleuths on Thursday carried out simultaneous raids at five premises belonging to Assistant Engineer, Pramoth Behuria who works with the Rural Works division at Soro in Balasore.

As per reports, the raided were conducted at Behuria’s house at Upper Bagurai in Bhadrak, ancestral house at Madhusudanpur in Bhadrak, a market complex at Arnapal and his in-law’s house at Basudevpur, also in Bhadrak.

The raids were conducted under the supervision of SP, Vigilance, Balasore who formed five teams from Bhadrak, Balasore and Keonjhar for the purpose.

Sources said the total cash amount recovered from Behuria’s possession was Rs 1.65 lakh apart from other properties worth Rs 1.16 crore, including gold and silver ornaments. While checking his bank accounts, a locker registered in his name has also been found by the sleuths.

The property amassed by the Asst Engineer is still being calculated and the amount could rise even further after the completion of the evaluation.

Vigilance official Maheswar Sethi told reporters, “We received a tip off about disproportionate assets amassed by the Asst Engineer. We obtained a search warrant from the Special Vigilance Judge in Balasore and raided five places at the same time, thereafter.”

Earlier on Monday, the Odisha Vigilance carried out simultaneous raids on the premises linked to Ajaya Kumar Mishra, an Assistant Executive Engineer with the Roads & Building (R&B) Division No-IV of Bhubaneswar following information that the government official owns properties and assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

During the searches, the Vigilance sleuths had unearthed Rs 84,500 cash, a Hundai I10 car worth Rs 8 lakh, super bikes including two Harley Davidson worth Rs 7 lakh and Rs 5.4 lakh, respectively and a Ducati worth Rs 8 lakh, two scooters worth Rs 70,000 and Rs 55,000 each.

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