OTV Exclusive: BJD leader threatens Kotagarh BDO; locks him in office

Kandhamal: Block Development Officer (BDO) of Kotagarh, Hruda Ranjan Sahu has brought serious allegations against a representative of BJD Kandhamal MP of threatening and locking him in his own office.

As per sources, the representative of the MP is none other than Kotagarh BJD leader Manoj Kumar Sabat.

The incident occurred on July 18 when Sabat barged into the BDO office and allegedly switched off the CCTV camera installed in the office. Sabat then forced the BDO to clear his pending bills and hand him a cheque of Rs 6 lakh.

Speaking to OTV, the BDO said, “He barged inside my office and pressurised me to pass the bills amounting to Rs 6 lakh for two different works. I told him that I am observing the case record as there is some lacunae. I even assured to complete it in two days. He asked me to complete the billing process immediately. When I refused, he became furious and threatened me that I cannot move from here neither will he leave without the bills.”

A few days after the incident, OTV could get an exclusive audio recording in which Sabat can be heard threatening the BDO and pressuring him to give him the Rs 6 lakh cheque. “You have to give me the cheque. I will see how you move from here. You people haven’t seen the real me. I need money. No hearing, no compromise,” Sabat was shouting.

Sabat is further heard asking his fellow men to lock the BDO in his office until he hands him over the cheque.

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However, Sabat refuted the allegations saying that he doesn’t know anything about the Rs 6 lakh cheque. “This is completely false. I don’t know anything about any cheque,” he said.

When District Collector D Brunda was approached, she too denied commenting on the incident though the BDO had apprised her about the matter.