Heads have begun to roll in the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) over the alleged loot of relief materials by some BJD corporators of the civic body. While a team of vigilance sleuths led by a DSP on Monday began investigating into the squalid incident, the CMC Commissioner was shunted from his post and his deputy is placed under suspension.
There were even some political axing too as Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik suspended the party city unit president and former deputy Mayor Madhusudan Sahu from the party. Sahu had taken away huge quantities of relief materials and when the hue and cry was made, he returned a part of the looted materials on Saturday.
Indications are also available that some more BJD leaders of the city would also come in the firing line as a dozen of party corporators too had looted the relief materials on October 13, the day after the devastating cyclone hit the State.
The vigilance probe into the incident began after the Chief Minister handed over the case to the anti-corruption wing of the State Police Department.
The vigilance sleuths on the day raided the CMC office and quizzed the officials responsible for distribution of the relief materials and seized several documents.
Meanwhile, the State urban development department on the day transferred the CMC commissioner Nihar Ranjan Mohapatra from his post and suspended the deputy commissioner Jaganarayan Kujur. Their replacements have not yet been announced.
According to reports, the ruling party corporators on October 13 barged into the CMC office and forcibly took away huge quantities of relief materials, including rice, dal, cooking oil, potatoes, biscuits and lanterns by threatening the poor deputy commissioner, who is now placed under suspension.
But people of the city are surprised as to how the city Mayor S K Ghosh escaped unscathed when Kujur had been claiming that it was at the behest of the Mayor that the BJD corporators bullied him and took away the relief materials.
Responding to the belated Government action, the BJP has questioned as to why the axe had not fallen on the city Mayor and why the tainted city BJD chief Madhusudan Sahu has not been booked under the NSA as the State Government had announced earlier.
“Suspending Sahu from his post clearly goes on to prove his involvement in the looting incident and the Government had earlier announced that the relief looters shall be booked under the NSA,” said BJP spokesman Sajjan Sharma and demanding Sahu’s arrest.
Chief Minister suspends BJD Cuttack unit president from the party