Cuttack,20/2 ( Odisha Samachar )- To day i.e. on 20.2.2016 Sagarika Seth, Forester Karamtala Forest Beat under Saintala Range, Dist-Bolangir & Rohit Bag, Watcher, Jhimanpali Forest Beat, Dist-Bolangir are arrested by Vigilance Officers of Sambalpur Division for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs.40,000/- from the complainant Sri Swadhin Pradhan, Vill- Dukalghat PS- Saintala, Dist-Bolangir for not to initiate any Forest case against him for cutting trees . In this connection Sambalpur Vigilance P.S case No.19 dt. 19.2.16 u/s 7 P.C.Act has been registered.
The complainant Sri Swadhin Pradhan alleged that he had cut one Bija tree & one Sal tree from his own land . Before cutting of both trees accused Seth, Forester had taken Rs.3,000/- from the complainant and allowed him to cut the trees. Complt.
A trap was laid on 20.2.2016 at Karamatala Forest Beat . As per direction of accused Sagarika Seth, Forester , Sri Rohit Bag, Watcher of Jhimanpali Forest Beat received bribe money Rs.40,000/- from the complainant who was present at that time in her office. Accused Sagarika Seth, Forester and Sri Rohit Bag, Watcher were caught by Vigilance after accepting bribe of Rs.40,000/- from the complt. The bribe of Rs.40,000/- was recovered from the possession of Sri Bag, Watcher and seized in presence of witnesses. Hand & pant pocket wash of Sri Bag, Watcher gave positive chemical reaction confirming acceptance of the bribe.
The investigation is in progress.