OPHWC scam: Vigilance raids houses of two officials in Cuttack

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Bhubaneswar,July 3: Odisha Vigilance sleuths on Thursday has conducted a raid against Odisha Sate Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OPHWC) joint manager Achutananda Routray’s residence in Mahanadi Vihar and deputy manager Prashant Panigrahi’s house in Cuttack at 5 am.  

According to sources, a five member team of the State probe agency conducted raid against two officials in connection with OPHWC scam and seized all the important documents releating to OPHWC.  

Apart from that,the vigilance sleuth also conducted simultaneous raids at Routray’s other two houses located at Nischinta Koili and Balasore district.

Similarly, another team of probe agency raided the OPHWC deputy manager Prashant Panigrahi’s house in Tulsipur area in connection with financial irregularities case.

Notably, on Wednesday, Vigilance registered seven criminal cases against officials of the OPHWC Bhawanipatna Division for alleged misappropriation to the tune of Rs 10.27 crore in execution of different works in Kalahandi district and registered cases against the corporation’s joint manager Achyutananda Routray, junior assistant Bishnu Charan Behera and clerk Mahabir Das.

The irregularities took place between 2009 and 2014. Bungling have been detected in 38 projects spread across Kalahandi, Subarnapur, Nuapada and Bolagir police stations along with construction of Fire Stations and barracks.

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