EOW ARRESTED TWO FRAUDSTERS FOR MISAPPROPRIATING GOVT. SUBSIDY AMOUNTING
TO RS.6.81 CRORES MEANT FOR SUPPLY OF AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENTMENT
Economic Offences Wing arrested accused brothers Manas Ranjan Dash and Tapas Kumar
Dash, the respective Director of M/s Sheetal Agro Inputs Pvt. Ltd. and Proprietor of M/s Mishita
Enterprises, located at Purohitpur, Taradapada, Jagatsinghpur on 06.04.2022 in connection with EOW PS
Case No.8 dt. 02.04.2022 U/s 420/467/ 468/ 471/ 120B IPC r.w. Sec. 66 of IT Act, 2000 and are being
forwarded to the Court of SDJM, Jagatsinghpur today i.e. on 07.04.2022.
The above case has been registered on the basis of a complaint/ Enquiry report submitted
by DySP, A.K. Mishra of EOW, Bhubaneswar, who in course of his investigation in a similar case in EOW PS
Case No. 07 of 2021 came to know about the commission of another similar embezzlement by the
present accused persons misappropriating the Govt. subsidy meant for the farmers/beneficiaries
amounting to Rs. 6.81 crores approx. by manufacturing and using forged documents/email id, UTR etc.
Investigation of the case conducted so far has revealed that the arrested accused, Manas
Ranjan Dash is the Director of M/s Sheetal Agro Inputs Pvt. Ltd., having its office at Purohitpur,
Taradapada, Jagatsinghpur. The said firm 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 & 2019-2020, said Manas Ranjan Dash, in
active connivance with its eight dealers including M/s Mishita Enterprises has uploaded a series of
false/fake invoices/ data/ information in respect of supply/ sale of 504 Transplanters to equal number of
farmers/ beneficiaries belonging to 19 districts of Odisha including Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Balasore,
Khordha, Kalahandi and Sambalpur 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 above mentioned total 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.
It has also been ascertained that soon after the subsidy amount was credited to the account
of beneficiary/ farmer, accused Manas Ranjan Das and his brother Tapas Ranjan Dash and other dealers
used to lure the beneficiary 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 Disc containing the data uploaded in DBT Portal have been