Five employees of Land Revenue and Land Reform Office of Jhapa have gone out of contact following the revelation of fraud in a land related case.

Sources have said that office staff Chetan Adhikari, Hari Tiwari, Chaitanya Ghimire, Hem Sharma and Jhalendra Baral have been out of contact for the past few days. They have gone unaccounted for after the district court of Bhadrapur issued a detention order against two of the five staffers for their involvement in a land fraud case.

Meanwhile, Land Revenue Officer Yogendra Dulal has claimed that the remaining three staffers are on leave and have not fled due to fear of being dragged into the fraud case.

As per records of the Land Revenue Office, one kattha and 14 dhur land in Birtamode Municipality belonging to Tung Bahadru Basnet was fraudulently sold to Ranju Rai of Birtamode Municipality for 8.437 million rupees. According to sources, besides the five staffers, a few other employees too are on leave now and are not present at work Meanwhile, with so many staffers out of work at the same time, it's the service seekers who have to bear the brunt. Chief Land Revenue Officer Dulal, however, argued that staffers were innocent in relation to the fraud case. "The staffers have to pass the land when service seekers come with necessary documents," he said.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 22, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.