Srinagar: Anti Corruption Bureau on Saturday arrested a Patwari in Bandipora area of north Kashmir.
“Anti Corruption Bureau received a complaint against Nazir Ahmad, Patwari, Zildar Office, Hajin, Irrigation and Flood Control Division Sumbal for allegedly demanding bribe from complainant for not taking any coercive action against him during demolition drive,” ACB said in a statement to GNS.
“The complainant who is resident of village Sadunara, tehsil Hajin, district Bandipora stated that he is running a bike repairing workshop at Sadunara, Yarbalpora, Bandipora,” it said.
On May 24, Irrigation and Flood Control Sub-Division, Hajin launched a demolition drive on Irrigation Canal, Galbal, Sadunara. The complainant has fenced about three feet of this irrigation canal land with tin sheets, the ACB said.
“Patwari of Zildar Office, Hajin, Irrigation and flood control division, Sumbal namely Nazir Ahmad who was also with this demolition drive, came to his workshop and demanded bribe of Rs 5000 from him for not demolishing his tin sheeted fenced wall,” the ACB said, adding, “The complainant told him that he is unemployed youth and cannot pay this amount on which Patwari insisted that then he will demolish the tin sheeted wall.”
Under these “compelling” circumstances, the ACB said, he approached it and requested for legal action against the Patwari. “As the contents of complaint prima facie disclose the commission of offence punishable U/S 7 of the PC Act 1988 immediately after receipt of the complaint Case FIR No 17/2022 was registered at PS ACB Baramulla and a trap team was constituted,” the ACB said, adding, “The team caught the accused official red handed while demanding and accepting bribe 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, the ACB said, adding, “Further investigation is going on.” (GNS)