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Money seizure row: Police raid Bargarh BJP Yuva Morcha president's house

Bargarh: Police today raided house of district BJP Yuva Morcha president Pritish Bahidar in connection with seizure of Rs 40.50 lakh at Mahulpali chhak from a car in Padmapur on Friday evening.

Sources said police raided the house of Bahidar on the basis of information obtained during the interrogation of Om Prakash Agarwal and Akash Agarwal, who were arrested in connection with case.

Meanwhile, the ruling BJD and opposition BJP indulged in mudslinging following seizure of Rs 40.5 lakh in Bijepur, where bypoll will be held on February 24. Both the parties approached the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and accused each other of using money power to influence the voters in their favour, respectively. Both parties are demanding a probe by Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax (IT) Department into the cash seizure case.

On Friday evening, police seized the money from a Mahindra Xylo and arrested a father-son duo identified as Om Prakash Agarwal and Akash Agarwal, respectively near the check gate at Mahulipali Square on Padampur-Bijepur road.

The duo was carrying the cash in their four-wheeler.

Meanwhile, Bargarh SP submitted a report to the CEO stating that the money was meant to be used for the ensuing by-election by the BJP.

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