: The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) during its anti-corruption campaign on Saturday, has arrested an assistant field officer of Markfed, Gurlal Singh, posted as branch manager at Banga, SBS Nagar for demanding a bribe of Rs 35,000.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the VB said the accused official has been arrested after investigation of an online complaint lodged at the Chief Minister's anti-corruption helpline.

Giving details he added that the complainant Rajiv Kumar of village Hakimpur, Banga has informed that he is a commission agent in grain market Banga and the Markfed officer was demanding Rs one per bag as a bribe for purchasing 52,000 bags of paddy from his shop in the last season. The complainant further informed the VB that a deal has been struck at Rs 35,000 but he didn't want to pay the bribe.

The spokesperson added that the VB has investigated the allegations levelled in complaint and registered a corruption case against the above mentioned Markfed official after finding him guilty for demanding a bribe money. In this regard the VB has registered a case under section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act at VB police station Jalandhar. Further investigation in this case was under progress, he added.

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