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Vigilance registers criminal case against owners, staff of three more LPG agencies




 State Vigilance today filed criminal cases against the owners and staff of three LPG distribution agencies across State for various irregularities found during raids in the recent past.

According to Vigilance spokesman case under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act was registered against Proprietor M/s Sarathi Gas Enterprise at Tulasipur in Cuttack Parthasarathi Behera, Proprietor  Rajat Kumar Pradhan and Manager Rameswar Baral of M/s Maa Mangala Indane Gas, Pipil in  Puri district and  Proprietor  Rajat Kumar Pradhan and Manager Md Afsar of M/s Maa Mangala Indane Gas, Pipil, Dist. Puri for committing irregularities.

With this the Vigilance has booked as many as eight gas agencies across State following raids on December 31, January 14, January 16 and January 17 by joint teams of Vigilance Department, Civil Supplies Department and Legal Metrology Department officials.

The spokesman said the raids were conducted basing on the allegation of black marketing of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders and other irregularities by different Gas Agencies in Balasore, Bhadrak, Keonjhar, Angul, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Ganjam and Khurdha districts.

“Continuing with further verification  and on availability of prima facie evidence of illegality and irregularities found in respect of their stock position of cylinders and registers/records, the cases have been registered,” he added.

He said on receipt of further  allegation of improper distribution and black marketing of LPG cylinders by M/s Maa Mangala Indane Gas Agency, its offices located at Panda Bazar, Bhabanipur, Pipil, Dist. Puri and Cuttack-Puri Road, Laxmisagar, Bhubaneswar were   checked by the vigilance team along with the staff of Civil Supplies and Legal Metrology departments.

During verification, physical stock of cylinders was checked along with the related registers and records and serious irregularities were detected leading to registration of two cases.

Meanwhile, reports from Angul said a special squad of the Civil Supply Department along with a Magistrate and Police raided the house of BJP leader Tuna Sahu of Changudia village of Chhendipada Block of Angul district and seized 73  Indane LPG cylinder.

Coming close on the heels of the widely discussed vigilance raid on ' Pradhan Gas Agency', owned by the brother of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at Handidhua in Talcher and on  ‘Maa Durga Indane Gas Agency ' at Boinda of Angul district owned by Ajit Mishra, brother of Mandal President of BJP Biswajit Mishra, the present  raid on the house of a rural BJP leader and seizure of huge amount of LPG gas cylinder has created hue and cry in the entire area.

According to sources, all the seized cylinders belong to Maa Budhi Indane Gas Agency  of Santosh Naik who is also a BJP leader and contested the Assembly election in 2014.

 Naik, the sources said, had kept the cylinders in the house of Tuna Sahu for distribution to the beneficiaries of the ' Ujjwala Yojana'.






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