Odisha police ASI held for taking Rs 10,000 bribe

Bhubaneswar: Bonth police Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Manas Parida along with his aide Amareswar Nayak were today arrested by Odisha Vigilance for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a villager of Bhadrak district to help him and his mother in a land dispute case.

The bribe money has been recovered from Amareswar and seized, said Balasore Vigilance SP Narahari Nayak.

According to sources, Bonth police had registered a case against Koilash Chandra Nath and his mother of Tilo village over a land dispute some days ago. ASI Manas Parida was the investigating officer in the case.

Parida allegedly contacted Nath yesterday and sought a bribe of Rs 10,000 from him to drop his name from the case, sources said.

Nath had lodged a complaint in this regard with the Vigilance department.

“Parida today accepted the bribe from Nath at Amareswar’s shop, located near Bonth police station. The ASI handed over the money to Amareswar soon after accepting it from Nath,” said the Vigilance SP.

The Vigilance police station at Balasore registered a case (No. 19/2023) in this regard under various Sections of the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act-2018, added the official.

“Our officials are now investigating the case. Simultaneous searches are being carried out at three locations related to the police ASI in connection with disproportionate assets,” said the Vigilance SP.

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