ACB Traps, Arrests Gram Sewak for Demanding, Accepting Bribe in Bandipora

Bandipora: Anti Corruption Bureau on Monday trapped and arrested a Gram Sewak for demanding and accepting bribe in Bandipora in lieu of performing geo-tagging for availing PMAY-G scheme.

“Anti Corruption Bureau received a complaint from resident of  Block Arin District Bandipora against Abdul Rashid, Graw Sewak (GRS) of Rural Development Department, Block Arin, District Bandipora alleging therein that the GRS is  demanding  bribe of ₹6000 from him  for doing geotag of plinth area of under construction house site constructed by him  under PMAY-G  Scheme etc,” reads a statement issued to GNS.

“It was alleged by the complainant that in the year 2023, his case under PMAY-G Scheme was sanctioned for construction of a paca house for which he had received an initial instalment of ₹50,000 through his Bank account from RDD. He further stated that he completed plinths of the house from that money and for further instalments he visited BDO office Arin a few days back where the officials informed him about the requirement of Geo-Tag of the said site for further processing the case for release of second instalment. Accordingly, the complainant was told that GRS concerned will visit the site and will do needful,” reads the statement.

“The complainant further disclosed that on 21.04.2024 GRS Abdul Rashid visited the site and demanded a bribe of ₹10,000 from the complainant but finally the deal was settled for ₹6000. The complainant was asked to pay ₹2500 on 22th April and the rest of the amount after receiving the second instalment.”

“Under these circumstances the complainant approached ACB and requested legal action against GRS for demanding bribe from him. As the contents of complaint prima facie disclose the commission of offence punishable under section 7 of the P.C Act 1988 (r/w its amendment Act 2018) by accused. Hence, a Case FIR No. 05/2024 under section 7 of the P.C Act 1988 (r/w its amendment Act 2018) was registered at the Police Station, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Baramulla and investigations was initiated,” reads the statement.

“During the course of investigation, a trap team was constituted which laid a successful trap and caught the accused GRS red handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of ₹2500 from the complainant.  The accused was immediately taken into custody after completing all legal formalities. The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses,” reads the statement, adding, further investigation in the case is going on.

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