By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, July 5: An inspector of Government Railway Police (GRP) was on Sunday caught red-handed by State anti-corruption bureau sleuths while allegedly taking bribe of Rs 7,000 from a trader.
The accused, Sisir Bhattacharjee, had been serving as the officer in charge of the GRP police station at Guwahati Railway Station.
The anti-corruption branch acted on a complaint by Sanju Yadav, an egg trader, who was summoned by the GRP inspector in connection with a case lodged by some traders of Dimapur.
Sanju Yadav receives consignments from Cheni and supplies it to one Heeralal Prasad who in turn delivers those to wholesalers in Dimapur. The traders in Dimapur had lodged a complaint with the GRP that they had been supplied with damaged commodities.
It is learnt that the transactions between Sanju Yadav and Heeralal Prasad take placed within the platform premises.
Superintendent of police (Vigilance and Anti-Corruption) Shyamal Prasad Saikia said Sanju Yadav was called by the GRP OC for his statement on the case. "When Sanju Yadav went to the police station on Friday, the OC reportedly demanded Rs 7,000 from him. The case was reported to us to today. We deployed decoys with Sanju and caught the OC red-handed while taking the bribe," Saikia said.
The police officer has been booked under sections 120 (b) (crimil conspiracy) and 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion) of the IPC and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
It is alleged that Heeralal Prasad also paid Rs 1.25 lakh to the GRP OC. But, the anti-corruption officials said it would be ascertained only in course of the investigations.