Cuttack ,12.09.2016 (By Tapas Mohapatra)-On receipt of a confidential information regarding operation of a racket which was involved in extorting money from the Govt. Servants of Forest Department in the name of Vigilance Officers, the same was secretly enquired into by the vigilance department. On inquiry it came to light that money is being deposited by the Govt. Servants in an account which is in the name of one Ashok Mohapatra of Odagaon, Nayagarh. On further inquiry it came to light that officers have received calls from one Srinibas Das who claimed himself to be a DSP of Vigilance Department. Acting proactively, the Vigilance Department collected basic facts about these unscrupulous elements who were extorting money in the name of Vigilance Department. The Vigilance Department encouraged the victim officers to share the information with it and assured them to take prompt action. Accordingly, one Dillip Kumar Das, Ranger met the Director, Vigilance and complained about this racket which was going on for some time. The Director, Vigilance acting promptly on the complaint of Forest Ranger, instructed the D.I.G. Vigilance(South) to coordinate with the local police for prompt and effective action as the allegation was serious and revealed a cognizable offence under the Indian Penal Code. Accordingly, this confidential information was shared with S.P., Ganjam who was requested to take prompt action. S.P. Ganjam acting with great alacrity directed Badagada P.S. to register a case and constituted two teams to arrest the racketeers. The Badagada P.S. registered P.S. Case No. 133/16 U/s 419,117,420,389 IPC and arrested Ashok Mohapatra in whose account the money was being deposited from Odagaon and one Niranjan Swain, retired officer of Department of Home, presently working as O.S.D. in Finance Department, and Bhaskar Behera, retired Head Clerk of Forest Department, now working as O.S.D. in Forest Department from Bhubaneswar. On examination they revealed that Niranjna Swain introduced Ashok Mohapatra to Bhaskar Behera. Bhaskar Behera being an ex-forest officer identified the forest officials who were to be targeted and collected their mobile numbers and gave it to Ashok Mohapatra who called up those officers and threatened them and asked q them to deposit money in his account. Subsequently the amount was shared by the three accused. Thus with the help of district police of Ganjam, the Vigilance Department has pro-actively unearthed a racket which was being run in the name of Vigilance Department and has taken a step forward in combating corruption. Further investigation is on to find out the number of govt. officials who have been cheated and the amount which has been extorted by the accused persons from the gullible public servants.