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Five officials in CID net

Rs 700 CR AGRICULTURE SCAM

BY OUR STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Feb 24: The Crimil Investigation Department (CID) of the Assam Police on Friday arrested five officials of the Agriculture Department in connection with the Rs 700 crore agriculture scam in the State. These officials were taken into police custody after interrogation.

The five arrested officials have been identified as Birendra th Sarma, the then SDAO, Golaghat and presently DAO, Jorhat; Lakheswar Gam, the then assistant executive engineer, Golaghat and presently assistant engineer, Gohpur; Dilip Baruah, the then executive engineer, gaon and presently executive engineer (WM), Khapara; Rohit Bharali, presently junior engineer, gaon and Ranbir Kakoty, presently executive engineer, gaon.

It may be mentioned that the Assam Public Works (APW) first filed a case (no. 56/14) in the Rs 700 crore scam relating to RKVY and BGREI schemes on September 1, 2014, but later the same case (no. 56/14) was filed in the Special Judge Court by the APW, given no investigation into the case done by the CID.