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Wildlife guard, broker arrested for bribery in Ganderbal: ACB

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Srinagar: Anti-Corruption Bureau Friday said it trapped and arrested a Wildlife guard and a broker for accepting bribe in lieu for releasing the belongings of a person seized by the Wildlife department.

As per an ACB spokesman, a complaint was lodged with the agency alleging therein that a guard in Wildlife department namely Tariq Ahmad Sofi posted at Waskhura, Ganderal was demanding Rs 5000 as bribe for releasing the belongings of the complainant seized by the department.

Upon receiving the complaint prima facie offence U/S 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was found made out, the spokesman said adding that a case (FIR No. 06/2022) was registered at Police station ACB Srinagar.

During the course of investigation, as per the statement, a trap team was constituted that caught Wildlige guard Tariq Ahmad Sofi, a resident of Zanakote Srinagar, while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 5000 through a broker Mohammad Yaseen Bhat from the complainant.

Both of them were arrested and taken into custody by an ACB team even as the bribe money was also recovered from their possession in presence of independent witnesses.

Further investigations of the case are going on, the ACB said.

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