The Block Development Officer of Melaneelithanallur Union was arrested on Wednesday for taking bribe for awarding a contract. After sustained bargaining, Mr. Ponraj, who agreed to give ?21,000 as bribe to Pitchumani, filed a complaint with the DVAC wing here. A team, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Mathiyazhagan trapped Pitchumani when he was receiving ?21,000 from Mr. Ponraj on Wednesday afternoon. Sources in Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Wing here said the Block Development Officer of Melaneelithanallur block Pitchumani (55) of Ooththumalai demanded ?35,000 from contractor Ponraj (35) of Panaivadalichathram for awarding the ? 7 lakh-worth two contracts to him for sinking deep borewells. Another team raided his house at Ooththumalai.
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