Nagpur: A Forest Ranger was caught red-handed by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 600 from a distressed farmer.
The complainant farmer had suffered losses due to damage to his crops caused by wild animals. The accused Forest Ranger Anil Madhukar Nimbher of Ambazari Round, Nagalwadi Wildlife, Nagpur Forest Department, had conducted spot inspection and performed the Panchnama. Subsequently, the Government had approved a compensation of Rs 4000 and the amount was received by the complainant farmer as well. However, the accused Forest Ranger Anil Nimbher demanded a bribe of Rs 600 from the farmer as a favour for sanctioning the compensation amount. Taken aback by the bribe demand, the farmer lodged a complaint with ACB, Nagpur.
Acting on the complaint, the ACB sleuths laid a trap at the office of the Forest Ranger. During the trap action, the accused Anil Nimbher was found demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs 600 from the complainant farmer. As soon as the Forest Ranger pocketed the bribe money the ACB sleuths caught him red-handed and registered a case against him at Parshioni Police Station under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.
The action was initiated by PI Asaram Shete and his team comprising constables Chandranag Taksande, Manoj Karankar, Mangesh Kalambhe under the guidance of Sanjay Darade, Superintendent of Police, Anti-Corruption Bureau.