Anti Corruption Bureau Friday said it trapped and arrested a Wildlife Department guard and broker for accepting bribe in lieu for releasing the belongings of the complainant seized by the Wildlife Department.

“Anti Corruption Bureau received a complaint alleging therein that a Guard in Wildlife Department namely Tariq Ahmad Sofi posted at Waskhura, District Ganderal was demanding Rupees 5000/- as bribe for releasing the belongings of the complainant seized by the Wildlife Department”, reads a statement issued to GNS.

“Upon receiving the instant complaint prima facie offence U/S 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was found made out. Consequently, case FIR No. 06/2022 was registered at P/S ACB Srinagar”, the statement reads.

During the course of investigation, as per the statement, a trap team was constituted. The trap team laid a successful trap and caught Tariq Ahmad Sofi R/o Zanakote Srinagar, a Guard in Wildlife Department while demanding and accepting bribe of Rupees 5000/- through a broker namely Mohammad Yaseen Bhat from the complainant. Both of them were arrested and taken into custody by ACB Team. The bribe money was also recovered from their possession in presence of independent witnesses.

“Further investigations of the case is going on”, the statement concludes.

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