ACB books case against constable

The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday booked a case against the constable of Gajuwaka Police Station Anand Varma under Section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act, for allegedly demanding a bribe of ₹ 40000 from the owner of a lorry.

On July 5, the Gajuwaka Police had recovered a body in a lorry laden with sand. The lorry was coming to Visakhapatnam from Rajahmundry and the body was identified to be that of the driver, resident of Vijayawada, who was killed by the cleaner. As per rules, the lorry was supposed to be seized but was not done. The lorry owner later approached the police to release the lorry, as it was not seized. At this juncture, the constable reportedly demanded ₹ 75,000 that was negotiated to ₹ 40,000 for handing over the lorry back to the owner. The constable also reportedly stated that the bribe amount was to be passed on to higher officials.

It is learnt that the lorry owner who had no role in the murder of the driver, approached Police Commissioner of Visakhapatnam T. Yoganand, who advised him to approach the ACB.

Based on a complaint, the ACB booked a case and the constable was taken into custody.

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