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Srinagar- The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Friday claimed to have arrested an Assistant Engineer for demanding and accepting a bribe for processing the bills of a contractor.

Shakeel Ahmad Dar, Assistant Engineer, Rural Development Department, Block Pahalgam, Anantnag was arrested the anti-graft body on the basis of a complaint alleging that he was demanding a bribe of Rs 5,000 for processing the bill of Rs 98,776 to a contractor, a bureau spokesperson said.

The contractor, he said, had alleged Dar was seeking a bribe to clear his bill for the work carried out under MGNAREGA scheme titled as “ R/Wall Nazir Merisi to Qasim bokad via Gh Rasool bokad at Gowass.

“On receipt of the complaint, Case FIR No. 05/2022 U/S 7 PC Act 1988 was registered in PS ACB Anantnag and investigation taken up,” he added.

During the course of investigation, the ACB spokesperson said, a team constituted that laid a successful trap and caught the Assistant Engineer red handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from complainant.

“He was arrested on the spot by the ACB team. The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses. Further investigations are going on,” he added.

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