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ACB catches clerk accepting Rs 5,000 as bribe at sub-registry office

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Jamshedpur: A team from anti-corruption bureau (ACB) nabbed a clerk in the office of sub-registry of Dhalbhum sub-divisional office in Bistupur on Monday for accepting bribe.

The clerk identified as Raj Kumar Ram was caught red-handed while accepting Rs 5,000 as bribe from a man, Utpal Dutt who wanted to get his residential flat registered.

Later the ACB team headed by deputy superintendent of police, ACB, Amar Pandey raided clerk’s house at Bhuiyandih in Sitaramdera, from where they recovered Rs 1.16 lakh in cash.

According to sources, Raj Kumar (45) was known for demanding bribe from the people who wanted to get their landed property registered with the sub-registry office.

Speaking to the newsmen, the DSP Pandey said that they received a complaint from Dutta, who is a resident of Dimna Road in Mango that the clerk at the registry office was demanding him to pay Rs 5,000 extra for getting his residential flat registered.

“After we received a written complaint, we took a bundle of currency notes provided by Dutta smeared them with a chemical. We had also instructed the complainant a specific time for visiting the sub registry office. As the complainant handed over the bundle to Raj Kumar, a five member team of ACB which was ready outside, entered the sub-registry office and asked the accused to dip his fingers in a glass of water. As soon as he dipped the fingers, the water in the glass turned red. Soon we took him under our custody,” said the DSP (ACB).

According to the DSP, the accused was taken to his house at Bhuiyandih immediately afterward and during the search of the house they found Rs 1.16 lakh from the almirah.

“We have recovered Rs 1.16 lakh from the house and subsequently forwarded to the bureau’s regional office in Chaibasa,” said Pandey.

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