Visakhapatnam: The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Thursday caught a mandal surveyor and his two associates red-handed taking a bribe at Padmanabhan mandal in Visakhapatnam district.

M. Ramu Naidu of Bhandevupuram village under Padhmanabham mandal, Visakhapatnam, had lodged a complaint with the additional superintendent of police, ACB Visakhapatnam, stating that mandal surveyor T. Upendra Rao, his assistant and Sachivalayam surveyor (Maddi village) P. Sairam Bhaskar, and R. Madhusurya Narayanarao, the Sachivalayam surveyor of Bhandevupuram village, had demanded Rs. 18,000 to survey a 4.50-acre land.

The amount was later reduced amount to Rs. 16,000. The complainant had already paid an advance of Rs. 5,000 to Madhusurya Narayanarao.

On 26 August, the ACB laid a trap and caught the three officials red-handed at the tahsildar office, Padhmanabham, while accepting a bribe of Rs. 11,000. All the accused were arrested and produced before the court of the special judge for SPE and ACB cases, Visakhapatnam. The case is under investigation.

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