Puri BDO held on graft charge

Puri: The Vigilance officials on Saturday arrested a Block Development Officer (BDO), Santosh Kumar Sahoo in Kakatpur block in Puri district after he was caught red-handed while demanding and accepting Rs 18,000 bribe.

Acting on a complaint registered by one Subrat Kumar Barik of Astaranga village in Puri district, the SP of Vigilance of Bhubaneswar Division laid a trap today and caught Sahoo while taking the bribe money at his office today.

According to complainant, Barik, who is a Junior Engineer (JE) in Kaktapur had executed construction of 13 cement concrete road works under Kakatpur block and after successful execution of the roads, he had applied before Sahoo for release of security amount of Rs.69,000 on October 3, last year.

However, Sahoo demanded Rs.18,000 as bribe from Barik for the release of the security money following which the latter reported the matter to the Vigilance.

Accordingly, a trap was laid at 2 pm today after which Sahoo was caught red handed by the Vigilance officers in his office room at Kakatpur block while accepting the bribe money from Barik.

After the arrest, the Vigilance officials also raided the residential house of Sahoo in Bhubaneswar.




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