Itanagar: BJP in Arunachal Pradesh today expressed shock over the swindling of Rs 26 crore land transport subsidy (LTS) by the food and civil supply department.

They have demanded that the chief minister clarify who were involved in fraudulently withdrawing such a huge amount of government fund.

In a statement here today, the party wondered how it was possible that Rs 26 crore could have been withdrawn without prior approval from the cabinet sub-committee.

“The police should be directed to launch immediate and extensive investigation into the episode, and the state government should explain the facts behind how the fraud occurred,” Party spokesman Techi Necha demanded.

The scam came to light when a person T Koyu filed an FIR with the police on February 17 alleging that some unknown people have forged and cheated him of few crores, released as LTS by the department of Food and Civil Supplies.

BJP alleged that payments of 26 crores, on account of LTS (Kerosene), meant for at least four firms were fraudently withdrawn through forged power of attorney.

Meanwhile, Capital Complex SP Seju P Kuruvilla informed that an FIR has been lodged by one Tarh Koyu, but he refused to divulge anything further except informing that investigation is on.

“As and when there is any development, we will let the media know,” the SP added.

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