Earlier in the day, the anti-corruption agency carried out simultaneous raids at five places linked to Behera, such as his residence in Kalpana Square, South City Bar at Patrapada, furniture shops at Dumduma and Lingipur in Bhubaneswar and a double storied building at his native village Nuapada in Khordha district.
Vigilance sources said that Spark Furniture Showroom at Dumduma, owned by Behera, spread across 0.250 acre of land was allegedly bought at a price of Rs 1, 47,60,000 in 2019. However, the market value of the land is estimated to be much higher.
The cost of the furniture showroom building, spread across around 18,000 square feet, is estimated to be around Rs 2 crore, officials said adding that the furniture worth lakhs of rupees were found in the showroom.
“The total valuation of the disproportion assets of the former constable is yet to be calculated as raids are still underway,” a Vigilance official said.
On October 24, Behera was dismissed from Odisha Police for allegedly running a bar at Hotel South City in Patrapada in the city illegally. He was the President of Havildar & Constable Association in the State.
Earlier, Behera was arrested for allegedly operating the bar without a valid license, violating Covid-19 protocols, and hatching a criminal conspiracy.
The offence came to fore after Manish Anurag, son of senior journalist Navin Das, was allegedly killed hours after he had left the bar at Hotel South City in the wee hours of October 10.
Notably, Manish had visited the bar late night on October 9. He was allegedly killed by his friends following an altercation with them over payment of bill at the bar. The next day, his body was found floating at a pond on the outskirts of the city.