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Raid unearths Rs 4cr assets

Patna, Feb. 26: The economic offences unit (EOU) of the state police on Wednesday carried out raids at the office and residential premises of two government employees, including an assistant godown manager of the State Food Corporation (SFC).

The EOU team unearthed assets disproportionate to known source of income worth over Rs 3.85 crore.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of the EOU officials searched the office and the residential premises of an assistant godown manager of the SFC, Awadh Kishore Mandal, and found disproportionate assets worth Rs 91.74 lakh. Documents related to land in Bhagalpur measuring about two acres and 80 dismal were seized during the raid, which had started at 7am.

The team laid their hands on documents related to underconstruction buildings on two plots in Bhagalpur where Mandal was posted. He had also paid Rs 5 lakh as advance to buy a plot in Bhagalpur.

Giving details of the search operation, additional director-general (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar said Rs 61,300 in cash, deposits in banks and other insurance policies worth Rs 7 lakh have been detected. Mandal was appointed as a grade-IV employee in 1997 and is still serving in the same grade. His monthly salary is around Rs 15,000. However, he owns movable property worth Rs 64.64 lakh and immovable property of Rs 27.1 lakh.

In another operation, EOU officials found ill-gotten wealth to the tune of Rs 2.94 crore belonging to Satyendra Kumar, an instructor of a government industrial institute (ITI) at Ara in Bhojpur. The raids were carried out in Bhojpur, which led to recovery of around 19 acres in Patna and Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

The ADG (headquarters) said the land was purchased for Rs 1.67 crore. The plots in Neura, Rukunpura, Shahjehanpur, Vijay Vihar Colony, Hiramanpur, Kutulpur, Adampur and Yamunapur on the outskirts of the capital were purchased for himself and his wife Babita Devi.