Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Nov 9:
The Economic Office Wing (EOW) of the Odisha Crime Branch police, which had arrested Khirod Mallick, chairman of the NGO Bharat Integrated Social Welfare Agency (BISWA), has begun the assessment of his property.
Mallick was arrested in Sambalpur town on October 27 on the charge of defrauding the depositors of Rs 10 crore,
The state investigating wing, after Mallick’ arrest, had raided the head office of BISWA at Danipali in Sambalpur and seized several office documents and computer hard disks.
According to reports, a five-member Crime Branch team, led by the DSP, had come to the BISWA office at Danipali on November 6 for further investigation but found it locked.
The team left the office after waiting for two hours.
However, the Crime Branch officials arrived at the office on Saturday afternoon and began their probe into the movable and immovable properties of BISWA and its chairman.
During investigation, the Crime Branch found several plots in the name of BISWA and Mallick in Sambalpur and Bhubaneswar.
Sources in the EOW said Mallick had raised crores of rupees from depositors through various wings of his NGO.
Despite an embargo imposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in June this year, ‘BISWA’ continued collecting money from depositors prompting the Central bank to write to the Odisha government recommending action against it.
The EOW later registered a case against the NGO on October 24 last year following a direction from the Odisha government.