Odisha EOW arrests 2 brothers for misappropriating Rs 6.81 crore farmers’ subsidy

Bhubaneswar: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Odisha Crime Branch has arrested two brothers for allegedly misappropriating subsidy of farmers amounting to whopping Rs 6.81 crore.

The accused have been identified as Manas Ranjan Dash and Tapas Kumar Dash, Director of M/s Sheetal Agro Inputs Pvt. Ltd. and Proprietor of M/s Mishita Enterprises, respectively. The two companies are located at Purohitpur, Taradapada, Jagatsinghpur.

The duo was apprehended yesterday under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120B of the IPC and Section 66 of the IT Act. They were today forwarded to the Court of SDJM, Jagatsinghpur.

According to official sources, investigation revealed that M/s Sheetal Agro Inputs Pvt. Ltd. is registered with the Agriculture Department of Govt. of Odisha under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme as a manufacturing firm/ company of agro implements like transplanter machines etc.

During the financial year 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, Manas Ranjan Dash, in active connivance with its eight dealers including M/s Mishita Enterprises, uploaded a series of fake invoices/ data/ information in respect of supply/ sale of 504 transplanters to equal number of farmers/ beneficiaries belonging to 19 districts of Odisha and managed to avail subsidy amount of Rs 6,81,53,048 under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme, which was disbursed in the bank accounts of concerned beneficiaries/ farmers by the Agriculture Department and misappropriated the same.

It has also been ascertained that out of 504 transplanter machines of M/s Sheetal Agro Inputs Pvt. Ltd, during the FY 2018-2020, 337 transplanters are shown to have been sold by its dealer M/s Mishita Enterprises, the proprietor of which is accused Tapas Kumar Dash, brother of Manash Ranjan Dash and both the accused persons received the subsidy amount against those false sales by uploading fake invoices/ data/ information and UTR in the DBT portal and misappropriated the subsidy amount. In the entire process, actual machine/ transplanter was not manufactured or sold but subsidy was availed by the beneficiaries.

Soon after the subsidy amount was credited to the account of beneficiary/ farmer, accused Manas Ranjan Dash and his brother Tapas Ranjan Dash and other dealers lured the beneficiaries to withdraw the total subsidy amount. They took away major subsidy amount in cash from them by paying some amounts/ cuts to the concerned farmer/ beneficiary.

During investigation, many incriminating documents like the details of farmers/ beneficiaries, fake invoices, money receipts and one hard disk containing the data uploaded in DBT portal have been seized.

Further probe into the matter was underway.

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