Two forest officials arrested in Lakhimpur while taking bribe

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Published: October 6,2020 12:37 PM
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October 6, 2020: In another crackdown against corruption, two senior forest officials have been arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for allegedly accepting bribe in Assam's Lakhimpur district on

October 6, 2020: In another crackdown against corruption, two senior forest officials have been arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for allegedly accepting bribe in Assam's Lakhimpur district on Monday. An office assistant was also arrested.



Lakhimpur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Jadav Chandra Nath, Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) Jasimuddin Ahmed and office assistant Pranab Dutta of Harmoti Forest range were nabbed when they were accepting money from a person whose timber-laden tractor was seized during lockdown.



As per reports, the forest officials had initially demanded Rs 1.05 lakh from the truck owner Md Zamiruddin, but later increased it to Rs 1.85 lakh for the release of the seized vehicle.



The owner informed the anti-corruption agency and a trap was laid to nab the three persons when they were accepting an advance of Rs 50,000 at the range office, police said.



In follow up searches, Rs. 9,16,400 were recovered from Lakhimpur and Guwahati houses of the arrested accused along with other incriminating documents.



“They would be produced in Court tomorrow and taken on remand”, ADGP GP Singh tweeted.