The Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) on Friday arrested three security guards, including a government official, for taking bribes for allowing trucks to enter Azadpur Mandi. This is the first arrest related to any complaint made on the relaunched anti-graft helpline.
According to ACB officials, it is suspected that many more security guards are involved in the racket and will be arrested soon.
The arrests were made following a complaint on the anti-corruption helpline, 1031. According to an official, on Wednesday, a caller alleged that those in-charge of the mandi were taking bribes to allow trucks to enter the market.
Sources said even though trucks and tempos are issued a pass, each vehicle has to wait its turn in a queue which would take hours to clear. Sources said each tempo or truck was charged anything between Rs 10 and Rs 20. Those vehicles which were carrying vegetables with a shorter shelf life would be charged more than Rs 50. This way, officials said, the accused managed to make at least Rs 2 lakh a day, if not more.
Following the complaint, the helpline executive advised the complainant to conduct a video recording of the act and submit it to the ACB. This was submitted on Thursday. Immediately, a team was deployed at the market and the men were arrested.