Two Kerala officials arrested for embezzlement of flood relief material

Two Kerala government officials were arrested on Friday in Wayanad district for the alleged embezzlement of flood relief material, police said.
A senior police official told IANS that the arrests were made based on a complaint received from another senior government official.
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 material into a vehicle.
Thomas and Dinesh said that they were moving the material to another camp in the village. But the residents called the police and upon interrogation it was found that they had 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 displacement of more than a million people from their homes.

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