A headmaster and a junior engineer (JE) of Jharigam block have been arrested following misappropriation of District Primary Education Programme (DPEP) fund.
According to reports, Bijan Kumar Ray, headmaster of Dokrikot Primary School under Umerkote educational circle, allegedly, had misappropriated `6. 3 lakh meant for construction of a school building. The headmaster withdrew the sum in two phases such as `2 lakh and `4.3 lakh, respectively, without doing any work.
Similarly, Rajkishor Baliarshing, JE, who was in charge of surveillance, approved the bill for sanction of the money in favour of Ray.
Finding the massive corruption, Nabarangpur DPC Ananda Jena had lodged an FIR in Jharigam Police Station against the duo. Acting on the report, the Jharigam police registered a case under 420/409/ 109 of the IPC and arrested Baliarsing from Jharigam and Ray from his resident at Umerkote.
Both the accused were forwarded to Umerkote court, where the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Santunu Kumar Das rejected their bail petitions and remanded them to judicial custody.
Earlier, in such an incident, District Collector Sibabrata Dash had suspended one headmaster, JE, CRCC and ACO of Jharigam Block and issued so-cause notice to the Umerkote DI of Schools.