Guwahati: Two government officials were arrested by the sleuths of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Directorate in two separate operations on Thursday.
The anti-corruption cell arrested a Lat Mandal on bribery charges in Kamrup Rural district.
The arrested Lat Mandal was identified as Mahendra Nath posted at Nagarbera Revenuce Circle office in Kamrup Rural district.
According to the vigilance cell, Nath was caught while accepting the demanded bribe money from the complainant for issuing land patta documents.
Taking to Twitter, the officer of anti-corruption cell wrote, “Today @DIR_VAC_ASSAM trapped red handed Mahendra Nath, Lat Mandal in the O/O Circle Officer, Nagarbera, Kamrup (R) immediately after he accepted demanded bribe from the complainant for issuing land patta documents.”
The second trap was laid at Kar Bhawan in Guwahati in which Assistant Commissioner of State Tax was caught for bribery.
The government employee is identified as Minakshi Kakati Kalita.
The sleuths trapped Minakshi red-handed in her office at Kar Bhawan after she accepted demanded bribe money from the complainant for reactivating GST online functions.
Taking to Twitter, the official handle of anti-corruption cell informed, “2nd trap of the day. @DIR_VAC_ASSAM trapped red handed Minakshi Kakati Kalita, Asst. Commissioner of State Tax in her office in KAR BHAWAN after she accepted demanded bribe from the complainant for reactivating GST online functions.”
Earlier, Assam police official said that at least 107 persons, of which 100 are government officials, have been arrested in Assam in the past two years while allegedly taking bribes from people.
A report released by Assam Police said that the arrests have been made by its vigilance and anti-corruption branch, mostly based on complaints lodged through helpline numbers and social media platforms. The statement said seven of those were middlemen while 21 were gazetted officers.
The arrests have been made under Himanta Biswa Sarma government’s drive against corruption in government departments. Sarma had ordered for such a drive after taking charge as the CM on May 10, 2021.