Balasore: Vigilance sleuths on Friday caught a panchayat executive officer while accepting a bribe Rs 2000 from a person at his residence at Manikhamb in Balasore.
The accused has been identified as Iswar Chandra Dash, PEO at Dahapada village under Remuna block in the district.
According to sources, Iswar had demanded the bribe from one Madhusudan Jena of Dahapada village in order to recommend the release of the incentive of Rs 10,000 under PMAY of Remuna Block in favour of the complainant.
Acting on the complaint lodged by Madhusudan, the vigilance officials laid a trap and caught Iswar red-handed. The officials also recovered the tainted money from his possession.
While a raid at Iswar’s house is underway, the accused has been arrested and will soon be forwarded to court, sources said.