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BDO wealth under lens

Patna, Jan. 29: Sleuths of the economic offences unit (EOU) of the state police conducted simultaneous raids at the office and the residential premises of Parvatta block development officer (BDO) Rampravesh Prasad in Khagaria, Patna and Muzaffarpur on Wednesday and found unaccounted wealth of Rs 92 lakh.

The morning swoop on the BDO yielded Rs 1.8 lakh in cash, bank deposits of Rs 28 lakh, investment in insurance policies worth Rs 8 lakh and a flat in Gayatri Apartment at Shastrinagar in the capital. The cash was seized during a search of his office at Parvatta in Khagaria, around 170km east of Patna.

Additional director-general (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar said movable assets worth Rs 55 lakh and immovable assets worth Rs 37 lakh were unearthed during the operation that started early morning. The documents seized during the search operations revealed that Prasad’s son Gautam Kumar had established a water bottling plant at Beur on the outskirts of the capital a few years ago.

The BDO also owned a sports utility vehicle. He had joined as Gram Panchayat Sevak over a decade-and-half ago and was subsequently promoted to the rank of the BDO after clearing department examinations, an investigating officer said, adding that more property would come to light after the scrutiny of the seized documents.

The search at Prasad’s house at Daudpur Kothi in Muzaffarpur continued till the time of filing the report. “Details of the assets detected during the operation would be available by tomorrow (Thursday),” the investigating officer said.

Registered deeds of several plots belonging to a retired registration department official, were recovered from the house of the BDO. “It is being probed how these land documents reached the house of the BDO,” the officer added.

The special vigilance unit (SVU) officials stumbled upon around 750gms of gold from the Muzaffarpur-based bank locker of the prison department official BCP Singh.