Raipur: The Raigarh police have got a major success in arresting two people including paddy procurement center president and fund-in charge for alleged embezzlement of Rs 2.99 crore and irregularities in paddy procurement work of the state government.
As per police sources, after 11 days long search operation, the special team constituted by Raigarh SP finally arrested the accused Ulkhar society president Raju Nishad in Chitrakoot (UP), who had been dodging the Sarangarh police for the last 11 days. Another of his associates, Ulkhar Society's fund in-charge Damrudhar Chandra has been arrested from Janjgir.
Ulkhar and Bardula Procurement Center manager Ashok Kumar Chandra, Chairman Raju Nishad, Vice President Bharat Lal Sahu, fund in-charge Ulkhar Damrudhar Chandra, and fund in-charge Bardula Shivkumar Sahu were indulged in alleged irregularities in the allocated work including gunny sacks embezzlement, misuse of security expenditure and the relevant expenditure, not maintaining proper records and embezzled the total amount of Rs 2.99 crore.
On the complaint of Sarangarh food inspector Ravi Kumar Raj, a case was registered in the Sarangarh police station under relevant sections of IPC. Taking the matter of causing loss to the government and administration seriously, Raigarh SP Santosh Kumar Singh formed a special team comprising of Sarangarh police and cyber cell officials to investigate the case. One team was located in the headquarters who was tracing the accused locations and reporting the same to the field team.
Accused Raju Nishad was continuously changing his location in Raipur, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Lucknow, Chitrakoot (Uttar Pradesh) for the last 11 days. During this, 37 different SIM cards have been used and the accused was hiding in a hotel in Chitrakoot using fake identity proof. Both the accused will be sent on immediate remand.
The police are conducting continuous raids to arrest other accused and further investigations are underway. Besides, FIR is also being registered on other such societies and the accused will be sent to jail following receipt of the evidence.