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Chhattisgarh: ACB raids at a dozen officers’ residences, assets worth crores unearthed

RAIPUR: In a joint operation, the Anti-Corruption Bureau and Economic Offence Wing (EOW) on Monday conducted massive raids in Raipur, Durg-Bhilai, Bilaspur, Jagdalpur at residences and offices of about a dozen officers of irrigation, forest, health and women and child development departments, municipal corporation and housing board.

Teams of more than 100 ACB officials were on the task till evening to unearth disproportionate assets worth crores of rupees.

As per the orders of additional director general Mukesh Gupta, ACB sleuths on Monday raided residence of executive engineer, Raipur Municipal Corporation Manoj Singh Thakur, executive engineer of Mahanadi project Suresh Pandey at Professor’s Colony in Raipur and SDO in-charge, NK Jain, Tandula division in Durg.

According to officials in ACB, another raid was conducted at 5 am in Bilaspur at the residence of Kishan Kanti Tondon, officer with women and child development department placed in Jagdalpur. Tondon reportedly tried to flee when ACB officials knocked his door and he was later nabbed. Officials found that Tondon had disproportionate properties and assets worth crores at Masturi, Ranjnandgaon, Jagdalpur and several other places. The officials have also seized cash Rs 2-crore from his residence.

In Jagdalpur, ACB officials seized assets worth Rs 1-crore, seven kilograms of silver, five kilograms of gold and property at Korba and farmhouse at Addawal near Jagdalpur, from the residence and office of Sukma forest ranger Ajay Kawre. Officials had to break floor tiles to check hidden cash or valuables inside the residence of Kawre.

Officials said that the raids were conducted after complaints received from several sources against these officers. Arrests in the case were likely to made within next 24 hours while more details would also furnish.