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Tinsukia: The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, Assam arrested the Circle Officer of Thelamara revenue circle Barenya Ranjan Barthakur, in Assam’s Sonitpur district, from Guwahati on Saturday in connection with a bribery case.

The arrest of Boarthakur follows the arrest of Gulzar Hussain, the lat Mandal of Thelamara Revenue Circle in Sonitpur district, who was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe on Monday night.

Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, Assam tweeted “Barenya Ranjan Barthakur Circle Officer Thelamara Revenue Circle Sonitpur has been arrested by @DIR_VAC_ASSAM from Guwahati in continuation of arrest of Gulzar Hussain, Lat Mandal of Thelamara Revenue Circle. @assampolice @CMOfficeAssam @mygovassam”

According to sources, the development comes after Barthakur’s name came up during the interrogation of Hussain. “Hussain revealed that the bribe was demanded by him on the instructions of circle officer Barthakur, whose involvement has been found during a preliminary investigation by the ACB,” the source said.

The case relates to a complaint alleging that Hussain was threatening and harassing the complainant that he would falsely implicate him by including his name in a list of middlemen involved in land dealings prepared by the accused. The complainant alleged that the accused had demanded Rs 8 lakh for removing his name from the list and saving him from legal action.

On September 27, based on the complaint, a team of sleuths from ACB laid a trap near Bhangagarh in Guwahati and arrested Gulzar Hussain red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from the complainant.

“A car bearing registration number AS 01 EE 0877, with “PRESS” sticker affixed on the windscreen, was intercepted by the team of ACB at around 2.30 pm at Kahilipara in Guwahati and Barthakur was arrested,” the source said. “He was taken to ACB police station for interrogation and will be produced before the court on Sunday,” the source added.

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