Amin on Vig net for accepting Rs 8000 as bribe in Astaranga

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Cuttack: Vigilance officials on Monday caught red-handed Amin of Astaranga RI office in Puri district for accepting a bribe of Rs 8000 for cyclone relief.

The Amin is identified as Prafulla Kumar Behera. Vigilance sleuths of Bhubaneswar Division conducted the raid. He has been arrested and will be forwarded to the court.

Behera was caught by the officials while he was accepting the illegal gratification from Sarbeswar Ojha of village-Sana Nayapalli, Astaranga, Dist-Puri for processing the file for release of compensation amount of Rs95,000 towards damage of his house during cyclone.

The bribe money was recovered from the possession of Behera and seized in presence of witnesses. Both hands wash Behera and wash of his trousers pocket gave positive chemical reaction confirming acceptance and handling of bribe money by him.

The officials of the vigilance wing are conducting searches at the Amin’s house at Puri town. A case vide No.16 dt.26.6.2020 U/s 7 Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018 was registered and is under investigation, officials said.

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