The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has raided 21 places in connection with multi-crore-rupee swindling of funds in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) during 2007-2010, an official said.

Raids were conducted on Thursday at Lucknow, Allahabad and several places in Kanpur at the residences and official premises of the suspects. Raids were also reportedly underway in Dehradun (Uttarakhand) and Amritsar (Punjab).

In one instance, over Rs 80 lakh was allegedly misappropriated in the purchase of sterilisation kits in Rae Bareli by some health officials and drug suppliers.

The suspects include retired CMOs, additional CMOs and some other health officials, according to the official.

Zaheer Akhtar, Senior Inspector, CBI carried out CBI raids in Lucknow while different teams of Indias premier investigative agency raided at other locations.

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