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Odisha land scam: Absconding revenue official arrested


Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Oct 19:

The Odisha Crime Branch (CB) today arrested a former additional tahesildar in the connection with the Ghangapatna land scam under Chandaka tehsil on the outskirts of the city.

Illegally occupied land in Ghangapatna (Pic- Biswaranjan  Mishra)
Illegally occupied land in Ghangapatna
(Pic- Biswaranjan Mishra)

The accuse, identified as Kulmani Nayak, was produced in a local court here today.

CB has slapped charges under sections 467, 468, 471, 420 and 120 B of IPC against Nayak.

Earlier CB had arrested seven people, including four government officials, in the land scam.

CB DIG Rajesh Kumar said arresting Nayak took them some days since he had been absconding for the last one month and was changing his location every other day. The accused was also changing his phone number every three days or so, he said.

“A team of CB followed Nayak’s movement for the last three days and arrested him from Baramunda area here today,” added Kumar.

When asked about his involvement in the scam, Kumar said Nayak and other accused, who are government officials, had played a crucial role in the scam.

The 79 acres of land was leased between 1966 and 1979 to the landless farmers belonged to SC and ST. In 1986, some of the leases were cancelled. These government officials did not record the cancellation and  sold them to various buyers with the help of some land brokers, he added.

It may be mentioned that CB had earlier arrested four government officials – ex Tahasildar Arjun Boral, the then Additional Tahasildar and currently the Secretary to the Mayor of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Debasish Mohanty, record keeper Amrit Kumar Jena and ex revenue supervisor Padma Charan Muduli – and three land brokers- Abhumanyu Rath, Tikan Nayak and Niranjan Muduli.