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Flood-Hit Kerala Faces Robbery In Relief Camps; Government Officials Arrested

government officials caught in the act

Flood-hit Kerala has been receiving various relief materials from different parts of the country and world for the state’s displaced victims.

But shocking the people, government officials who oversee the arrival and distribute the goods have been caught stealing them.

2 government officials were arrested on Friday in Wayanad district for the embezzlement of relief materials, police said.

A senior police official told the media that the arrests were made based on a complaint received from another senior government official.

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According to the complaint, the two accused, S. Thomas and M.P. Dinesh, were stopped by residents at a relief camp Panamaram village while they were loading the relief materials into a vehicle.

Thomas and Dinesh said that they were moving the materials to another camp in the village. But the residents called the police and upon interrogation, it was found that they lied.

Meanwhile, a similar incident was also reported from Chengannur where the accused was a temporary government official.

Relief materials have been coming into Kerala from various places ever since the heavy monsoon rains hit the state on May 29 followed by subsequent floods leading to some 370 deaths and displacing over a million people from their homes.

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