Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Odisha vigilance officials on Thursday conducted simultaneous raids at five places associated with dismissed constable Prasanna Behera on charges of possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

As per reports, the search operations are currently underway at Behera’s residence in Kalpana Square, furniture shops in Dumduma and Lingipur, South City Bar located at Patrapada and double storey building at his native village Nuapada in Khordha district.

As many as five teams of the anti-corruption agency led by two DSPs, five Inspectors and other officers are conducting the raid on the strength of search warrant issued by the Special Judge, Vigilance, Bhubaneswar.

As per the latest report, the raids were underway and calculation of his movable and immovable properties was yet to be completed.

Notably, Commissionerate Police had dismissed constable and president of Odisha Constable and Havildar Association Behera from service on October 24 on several criminal charges against him. A day before, Behera was arrested.

Earlier, Behera was suspended for allegedly running a bar illegally at Hotel South City in Patrapada. The offence came to fore after the murder of senior journalist Navin Das’ son Manish Anurag.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)