Bhubaneswar: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Odisha Police Crime Branch has begun its probe into the financial fraud allegations against Jyoti Ranjan Beura alias ‘Golden Baba.’

Speaking about the probe, Crime Branch ADG Santosh Kumar Upadhyay said “Beura has defrauded one person of Rs 12.04 crore, whereas another fraud of Rs 4.05 crore has been reported. Apart from this, other fraud allegations have been brought against him. The EOW will probe all aspects and the money trail,” he added.

Meanwhile, the students' wing of Odisha Congress demanded arrest of political leaders who are linked to Beura.

“Golden Baba was a pawn only. We demand the arrest of leaders also who used to extort money through him. A detailed probe should be launched into the matter,” said Itish Pradhan, convener of Congress' student wing.

Odisha BJP Vice President Samir Mohanty said "BJD leaders including former Minister Debi Mishra, Bhubaneswar Mayor, a former and a sitting MLA have links with arrested 'conman' Golden Baba as their pictures are doing rounds on social media. The state government is trying to create an escape route by handing over probe to Crime Branch."

Comments from BJD could not be obtained despite repeated attempts.

Earlier, the Twin City police had written to Crime Branch to probe the financial fraud allegations against Beura. The Chandraskeharpur police had arrested Beura on December 31 in connection with the cheque fraud.