FIR against Nabarangpur RTO for demanding bribe

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Report by Basant Rath, Nabarangpur: An FIR has been registered against Nabarangpur RTO Ganeswar Kanhar for allegedly demanding Rs 45,000 to regularise the job of a contractual
data entry operator. The incident came to light on Saturday after a video of the data entry operator, Laxminath Harijan, demanding his money back from the RTO has gone viral over social media platforms. In the viral video, the RTO was seen arguing with the data entry operator over the bribe, salary and regularisation of job.

According to reports, one Laxminath Harijan of Badakumuli under
Papadahandi police limits in the district joined the RTO office here
as a data entry operator on contractual basis in 2019. He was
reportedly recruited by outsourcing agency- MN enterprises. Harijan alleged that Kahanar had taken Rs 30,000 as bribe during his recruitment as a data entry operator at the RTO office. He, however, was not paid the salary since last 16 months. All his requests to the RTO to release his salary too went in vain.

In November last year, the RTO allegedly asked him to pay Rs 40,000 to get his pending salary. He also promised him to regularise his job. Accordingly, he deposited the amount in the bank account of the RTO. However, he neither got his salary nor his job was regularised. When he demanded the money back, the RTO refused. The data entry operator further alleged that the RTO had threatened through some persons to kill him if he didn’t remain silent on the matter.

Meanwhile Harijan had also lodged written complaints with Nabarangpur ADM Nimai Charan Sutar, and the local police on basis of which an FIR under sections 420, 506 and Prevention of Corruption Act 7(A) against RTO Ganeswar Kanhar was lodged and the investigation handed over to a DSP-level official.

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