Ramakanta Biswas

Mystery shrouded the disappearance of a 40-year-old employee of the Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (OSCSC) in the southern Rayagada district who reportedly went missing five days back.  

Ashutosh Gomango, who worked as a SA-cum-DEO (data entry operator) at the Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited in Rayagada, remained incommunicado after disappearing from his house on the morning of January 8. He is the son of former Zilla Parishad chairperson Bijay Kumar Gomango. 

As per family sources, Ashutosh was transferred to Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district from Rayagada. He joined duty in Bhawanipatna on January 8, 2022. After working there for three months, he was transferred to Kesinga. 

However, Ashutosh did not join duty at Kesinga citing health issues, and remained on leave from March 4, 2022. In the meantime, he tried to cancel his transfer. 

On January 7, Ashutosh reportedly got a letter from the department asking him to join duty at the new place of posting within a week or face disciplinary action. The following morning he disappeared from his house at Rayagada Old LIC Colony. 

After repeated searches yielded no result, Ashutosh’s wife lodged a complaint with the police. She claimed that her husband had received a threat letter a few months back and urged the police to trace him. 

“My husband was disturbed after being transferred to Kesinga from Bhawanipatna which subsequently resulted in his disappearance. I do not know if he deliberately went somewhere. But I am certain that his disappearance is related to his office,” said Bhawani Sabar, Ashutosh’s wife.

Reported by Indrajit Kumar Panda, OTV