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Deputy Range Forest Officer caught taking bribe in Odisha

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Bargarh: Deputy Range Forest Officer (DRFO), Dhrubacharan Behera, of Nrusinghanath Forest Range under Paikmal block in Bargarh district was arrested by Vigilance officials on charges of demanding and accepting bribe today.

As per a complaint, Behera had demanded Rs 50,000 as bribe from a forest officer to issue a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the latter. With no option left, the forest officer later brought the matter to the notice of Vigilance.

The anti-graft wing laid a trap, conducted a raid and caught Behera red-handed while he was accepting the bribe at the office today.

The DRFO is being interrogated and further investigation into the matter is on, said an official.