ACB arrests two agriculture dept officials for demanding bribe

Two Agriculture department officials were today arrested for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe, an Anti-Corruption Bureau official said.

Inspector Sanjay Sadigale of the Thane unit of the ACB said that taluka agricultural officer Abbasaheb Akcoure (52) and superintendent Navnath Dharwad (49) were arrested during a trap laid near the Bhiwandi taluka agriculture office where the two are posted.

"The superintendent had demanded Rs 5 lakh to clear the bill of a man who had carried out some work on behalf of the agricultural office. The man approached the ACB following which we laid a trap," he said.

They have been charged under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and further probe was underway, the official informed.

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