SRINAGAR: The Anti-Corruption Bureau on Wednesday arrested a drug inspector for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a complainant in the Handwara area of north Kashmir.

A statement issued by the agency reads that the drug inspector Ishtiyaq Ahmed Baba had seized some medicines from the complainant and to get the same released, he demanded Rs 10,000 as a bribe.

The statement reads that the complainant, however, approached the ACB Baramulla with a written complaint requesting legal action against the drug inspector.

“ACB investigation revealed that the drug inspector had seized some medicines from the complainant and on the pretext of releasing them he had already taken a bribe of Rs 8000 from the complainant and was demanding more bribe of Rs 2000 from him,” reads the  statement.

It added that a case FIR No. 12/2023 U/S 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 (as amended in 2018) was registered at P/S ACB Baramulla against the drug inspector and investigations were initiated.

“During the course of investigations, the officer was caught red-handed while demanding the remaining amount of Rs 2000 from the complainant. He was immediately taken into custody.”

It further reads that searches were also conducted at his residence in Bemina during which a cash amount of Rs 2 Lakh was also recovered and seized, while further investigations are going on—(KNO)


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