An Assam government officer was arrested in Guwahati on Tuesday for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000.

The accused, a deputy director of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department, had allegedly sought a bribe from a person to issue a transit permit for bringing three cows to his farm in Kokrajhar from Alipurduar in West Bengal.

Assam police Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Rajib Saikia said that a complaint was received by the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Kokrajhar district to the effect that the complainant owns a dairy farm and in order to bring three cows to his farm from Alipurduar in North Bengal, he approached the concerned veterinary doctor, namely Dr Arup Jyoti Bhuiyan, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department, Chenikuthi in Guwahati, for providing the necessary transit permit for the purpose.

“As per the complaint, Dr Arup Jyoti Bhuiyan demanded Rs 20,000 as a bribe from the complainant for issuing the permit. Unwilling to pay the bribe, the complainant approached SP Kokrajhar to take necessary legal action against the above-mentioned public servant. Accordingly, a joint trap team was constituted by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, Assam and Kokrajhar district police,” Rajib Saikia said.

“A trap was laid today and Dr Arup Jyoti Bhuiyan was apprehended red-handed at around 5:30 pm in the Dispur area while accepting the bribe money of Rs 20,000 from the complainant,” he added.

The Assam police CPRO further said that the tainted bribe money was recovered from the possession of Dr Arup Jyoti Bhuiyan in presence of the independent witnesses.

On Tuesday, a case was filed against Dr Arup Jyoti Bhuiyan, Deputy Director (Rinder Pest), AH and Veterinary Deptt Chenikhuti, Guwahati, in Kokrajhar police station under section 7(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The Assam police CPRO further said that necessary follow-up legal action is being taken.


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