Jagatsinghpur: Nihar Ranjan Mohanty, an Agriculture Department employee, was on Monday night detained by the Jagatsinghpur police for his alleged complicity in a chit fund scam.
Mohanty, a resident of the Erasama area, had reportedly worked as a chit fund agent a few years back and collected huge amounts of money from people with promises of making their investments double in 11 months.
The matter came to the fore after a few investors lodged complaints with the police alleging that Mohanty duped them of thousands of rupees and was absconding.
Meanwhile, some depositors found Mohanty and overpowered him in Patenigaon village under Jagatsinghpur block on Monday night. Later, they handed over him to the police.
The police are now interrogating him, informed IIC Rajani Kanta Mishra.