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CMC relief loot: Vigilance case against 4 officials, 29 corporators registered

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Cuttack, Dec 10:

The State Vigilance on Monday registered case against four senior officials and 29 corporators of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) in the loot of relief materials meant for the cyclone-affected victims in October this year.Cuttack Municipal Corporation

The four officials against whom the anti-corruption wing has registered case are, former BMC commissioner Nihar Ranjan Mohapatra, suspended deputy commissioner Jaganarayan Kujur, secretary Nirmal Nayak and recovery officer Bijay Das.

It may be mentioned that arrangements were made at the CMC office for distribution of relief materials among 24,830 cyclone-hit people of several wards who had taken shelter in 73 cyclone shelters.

The relief materials included 191.80 quintals of rice, 79 bags of dal of 50 kgs each, 1500 oil packets, 80 bags of potato of 50 kgs each, 48, 636 packets of biscuits, 20 boxes of lanterns and candle lights.

As the CMC authorities were unable to provide cooked food to the affected people for two days during the cyclone on October 11 and 12, they had decided to distribute the aforesaid materials on October 13.

However, trouble started when some corporators and outsiders forcibly took away the relief materials from the CMC office premises.

It was alleged that the corporators, instead of distributing the relief materials among the affected people, gave these away to the people at their own will while remaining materials were distributed elsewhere.

Following allegations, the state government on October 21, transferred the BMC commissioner and suspended the deputy commissioner.

Besides, BJD supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik suspended city unit president Madhusudan Sahu from the party and ordered a Vigilance probe into the incident.

Acting on the order, the Vigilance sleuths of Cuttack Division raided 30 places on October 21 and seized some relief materials.

On October 27, the anti-corruption officials interrogated four officials and other staff of the Corporation.

The role of the Vigilance department in this case had raised several eyebrows as it failed to take any action against the accused after 47 days of the raid.

However, with the anti-corruption wing registering cases against the said accused, the accused are most likely to be arrested for violation of Relief Code, sources said.