Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Sep 21:
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Odisha Crime Branch today arrested Project Liaisoning Officer of Sainik Welfare Organisation India in connection with a case of fraud which saw 542 defence and ex-defence personnel duped of nearly Rs 30 crore after being promised prime land under Giringaput monza on the outskirt of the city.
The accused was identified as Pradipta Kumar Barik (52) of Surangapur under Delang police limits in Puri district. CB sources said Barik was arrested from a hotel located near the Bhubaneswar Railway Station.
Acting on a complaint lodged by Patitapaban Biswal, a retired defence personnel, on July 27 this year, EOW had registered a case slapping charges under sections 406, 420, 467, 468, 471, 120 (B) of IPC and sections 6 of the Odisha Protection of Interest of Depositors (In Financial Establishments) Act, 2011 against the accused.
As per investigation so far conducted by EOW officials, Lt. Colonel Rakesh Rana, Kirti Chakra Awardee (Retd) and others formed an NGO, namely ‘Sainik Welfare Organisation India’ at Dwarka in New Delhi.
The said NGO launched a plotted scheme spread over an area of around 27 acres at Giringaput Mouza in the name of ‘Defence Intercity Vatika Association’ in the year 2011.
The organisation promised to hand over the plots to 542 defence and ex-defence personnel by June 2012 with valid documents after completing the procedure of registration, mutation and conversion.
SWO-India was promoting this Bhubaneswar project through accused Purna Chandra Panda, who was arrested by EOW on August 27 this year, managing director of Bhubaneswar based developer M/S Brookson Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd, with the assistance of Barik.
After collecting the amount, the accused neither provided the land nor returned the deposited amount.
Investigation of the case is continuing. Barik was arrested and has been forwarded to a designated court in Cuttack today, said EOW SP Rajendra Patnaik.