Two Assam Forest Service (AFS) officers and a forester were arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Assam Police while accepting bribe from a person in North Lakhimpur district of the state on October 5.
A police statement informed that one Md Zamiruddin of Gohan Dooni, Lakhimpur, had filed a complaint with the ACB police station in the Directorate of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption regarding demand of bride by officials of Forest department of North Lakhimpur district, for releasing his seized tractor and timber.
The accused had demanded bribe of Rs 1.85 lakh from the complainant, and after negotiation, the bribe money was finalised at Rs 50,000 as advance with an assurance to pay the remaining Rs 1.35 lakh at the time of releasing the tractor and timber.
After enquiry based on the complaint, a trap was laid as per standard procedure by the ACB, leading to the arrest of AFS officers Jadav Chandra Nath, DFO, North Lakhimpur, and Jasimuddin Ahmed, ACF, North Lakhimpur.
Bribe amount of Rs 50,000 in two envelopes of Rs 25,000 each was recovered from the possession of the DFO.
Forester Pranab Jyoti Dutta, was also arrested during the investigation.
“The accused public servants have been arrested and will be forwarded to the Special Court at Guwahati at due time. Due procedures are observed,” the statement added.