Ex-Sarpanch arrested for land fraud

Reported by Santosh jagdev

Bhubaneswar, July 12:

Commissionerate Police today arrested former Sarpanch of Bari, for allegedly duping a businessman in the Odisha capital. The sarpanch had promised to provide a good piece of land to the businessman, but reneged on his commitment, police said.

The former Sarpanch identified as Benudhar Biswal (59) had promised the businessman to provide five acres of land in Barachana in Jajpur district for Rs 22 lakh last year.

Police said at the time of land deal, Biswal had taken an advance of Rs 6 lakh from the businessman Kausik Basu. But he failed to provide either the documents for the said piece of land or the advance money.

Airfield police station today arrested Biswal acting on a complaint filed by Basu who said he had no choice but to go to the police after Biswal ignored his repeated calls.

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