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Lokayukta police unearth Rs 15 cr assets from cop

Lokayukta Police today conducted raids at a Jail Superintendent's residences in Indore and Bhopal and recovered huge assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

bhopal Updated: Mar 01, 2012 23:34 IST

The Madhya Pradesh lokayukta police raided Indore central jail superintendent Purushottam Somkunwar on Thursday and unearthed Rs 15 crore worth of assets disproportionate to his income.

In simultaneous raids in Indore and Bhopal, property, jewellery, cash, guns, vehicles and other items were found.

The raids began at 5.30am at Somkunwar's official residence in the Residency area in Indore and at Chanakyapuri in Chuna Bhatti in Bhopal.

Over 40 sleuths of the special establishment of police of lokyukta raided places of Somkunwar at the Railway Colony in Indore, said Indore superintendent of police Virendra Singh.

In Bhopal, Somkunwar has got 3 luxurious bunglows, one hostel, four shops and five plots. In Indore, he has two plots, the SP said.

Besides, he owns 14 acres of land in Barwai, Palasi and Khamkhera apart from Rs 35 lakh worth house assets in Indore, the official said.

The accused, who was interrogated by senior sleuths, revealed about Rs 7.64 lakh cash at home, Rs 70 lakh cash in bank accounts and LIC policy worth Rs 8.48 lakh, the SP said.

Somkunwar, who has also been the superintendent of Bhopal central jail, has three luxury cars and a two-wheeler.

Heavy police force was deployed while the raids continued for several hours and the lokayukta police confiscated several bank passbooks, insurance policies, papers related to property and other documents.

"The present market value of the total assets unearthed during the raids could be nearly Rs 15 crore," said Singh.

First Published: Mar 01, 2012 12:27 IST