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Three guards are anti-graft helpline’s first arrests

According to ACB officials, it is suspected that many more security guards are involved in the racket and will be arrested soon.

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.