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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Odisha vigilance on Thursday unearthed properties worth crores of rupees in the alleged possession of dismissed constable Prasanna Behera.

Earlier in the day, the anti-corruption sleuths carried out simultaneous raids at five places associated with Behera, namely his residence in Kalpana Square, furniture shops in Dumduma and Lingipur, South City Bar located at Patrapada and a double storied building at his native village Nuapada in Khordha district.

Vigilance sources said that Behera claimed to have bought the furniture shop on 0.250 acre of land at a price of Rs 1, 47,60,000 in 2019. However, the market value of the land is estimated to be much more. The cost of the showroom building is estimated to be around Rs 2 crore and where furniture worth lakhs of rupees have been kept.

“The evaluation of his movable and immovable properties is yet to be completed. Our technical team is calculating the actual amount and it will be revealed soon. We are trying to trace the source of his possession of assets which are disproportionate to his known sources of income. We will take the help of Finance and Forest departments in this regard,” said a Vigilance official.

As many as five teams of the anti-corruption agency led by two DSPs, five Inspectors and other officers conducted the raids on following a search warrant issued by the Special Judge, Vigilance, Bhubaneswar.

It is worth mentioning that Commissionerate Police had dismissed the constable who was the president of the Odisha Constable and Havildar Association from service on October 24 on a series of criminal charges against him. The dismissal came a day after he was arrested.

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

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