EOW Nabs Two For Embezzling Over Rs 2 Cr Govt Fund

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Bhubaneswar: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Odisha Crime Branch has arrested two persons for misappropriation of government funds to the tune of over Rs 2 crore.

The accused persons, Nihar Ranjan Das, cashier of Block Office, Balikuda and Sanjay Samal, office Assistant of Union Bank of India, Arilo branch in Jagatsinghpur district, were arrested following a police complaint by one Kalyan Saurav Dash, BDO of Balikuda in Jagatsinghpur.

In the complaint, Dash had alleged that the then Branch Manager, Union Bank of India, Arilo, Jagatsinghpur had unauthorisedly debited an amount of Rs 2,63,65,089, from the official accounts of BDO, Balikuda and misappropriated the amount. Based on the complaint, a case was registered and probe launched.

During the investigation, it was ascertained that the Balikuda BDO was officially maintaining two savings bank accounts with Corporation Bank (now Union Bank of India), Arilo branch, Balikuda for dealing with the funds received under Ama Gaon Ama Bikash scheme and for Critical Gap Fund.

During the local fund audit in December, 2020, the BDO came to know that there was unauthorised debit of Rs 2,61,89,272 and Rs 1,75,817 from the accounts maintained for Ama Gaon Ama Bikash fund and Critical Gap Fund respectively.

Nihar was working as the cashier in the Block office and was dealing with the accounts during the relevant period. A considerable amount out of the above-mentioned public money was found diverted to his personal account. Similarly, an amount of Rs 20 lakh has been diverted to the personal account of accused Sanjay Samal.

The then Branch Manager of the bank, Jugal Kishore Rout committed suicide in January after the misappropriation of funds came to light. Further investigation is on, said the EOW.

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