Chandigarh: The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has arrested a patwari, Gurpreet Singh, posted at Revenue Halqa Bhullar in Sri Muktsar Sahib district, and his private assistant (PA), Kuldeep Singh, for taking a bribe of Rs 18,000.

The accused have been arrested on the complaint of Gurpal Singh, a resident of Bhullar village.

A VB spokesperson said the Gurpal had lodged a complaint with the VB unit, Sri Muktsar Sahib of VB Bathinda Range, that the Patwari had demanded a bribe of Rs 18,000 for transferring his ancestral land in his and his brother`s name after the death of their father. 

The VB said the accused revenue official asked him to hand over the said amount to his PA Kuldeep Singh in order to get their work done.

The VB spokesperson further added that after a preliminary investigation of the complaint, a VB team laid a trap and arrested the accused on the spot while accepting the bribe from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses.

A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused at the Police Station VB, Bathinda Range.

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