The Lokayukta sleuths of Ujjain on Friday caught a patwari red-handed for taking a bribe of Rs 20,000 from a farmer for releasing his land details.
The anti-corruption watch-dog trapped Kamal Kishore Choudhary, posted as patwari at Manasa tehsil in Neemuch district for taking bribe from the complainant Babulal Dhakkad.
Lokayukta officer Basant Shrivastava said Choudhary had demanded a bribe of Rs 20,000 from Dhakkad for releasing updated delimitation record of his farm land.
Initially, Dhakkad, a resident of Chakadi village under Neemuch district, had refused to pay the money but later agreed following Kishore’s persistent pressure.
Dhakkad later approached the Lokayukta police who laid a trap for the government official. As soon as the money marked with special ink was exchanged, the sleuths arrested the patwari and it was confirmed after Kishore was made to wash his hands.
In two other incidents, Indore Lokayukta police arrested one police head-constable posted at Raipuriya police station and a female supervisor of woman and child development department in Jhabua district for similar crimes.
According to the information, head constable Mahendra Sharma was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from the complainant Suresh Singh, a resident of Mohankot village, under Jhabua district. The complainant in his complaint to the Lokayukta had informed that Sharma asked him to pay a bribe to settle a cheque bounce case.
In another trap, Indore Lokayukta sleuth caught supervisor Geeta Rawat for accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from one Anganwadi worker. According to the complainant Antar Dodwe, who was appointed as Anganwadi worker in Narsinghpura village in December 2014, Rawat had asked him to pay bribe to clear his salary from the department.
Lokayukta police registered cases in all three cases under the prevention of corruption of act and released them on bail.