Patna, 4 June-2014, TNN: A divisional jail superintendent posted at Jehanabad, Arvind Kumar Mishra, was arrested on Tuesday by the vigilance investigation bureau (VIB) while accepting Rs 50,000 bribe.
Mintu Ranjan of Sendhwa village had lodged a complaint with the VIB alleging that the jail superintendent was torturing her husband Amitabh Ranjan alias Pappu Sharma for bribe.
“After getting the complaint, a VIB team was constituted to lay a trap. We treated the complaint as a case of extortion. The jail superintendent was caught accepting Rs 50,000 bribe in his official vehicle near a shop in the local market,” said DG (VIB) P K Thakur.
“The jail superintendent told the investigating team that Amitabh was creating nuisance on the jail premises. He was involved in several scuffles inside the jail recently. He was accused in an Arms Act case lodged last year with Parasbigha police station in Jehanabad district,” Thakur said, adding, “The vigilance team was headed by DSP Vijay Pratap Singh. The jail superintendent had sought the bribe for not subjecting Amitabh to torture in the divisional jail. Mishra had threatened to shift Amitabh to a central jail or to a cell for Maoists if she failed to pay the bribe.”
A senior jail official wishing anonymity said, “Extremist cells are made for Maoists and terrorists. They are put up separately from other prisoners. Without any such charge, the jail official cannot put Amitabh in such cells. To shift a prisoner to some other jail, the officials have to go through a specific procedure which Mishra did not follow,” he said.
“To check such corrupt practices, we will conduct surprise raids on the jails and take stern action against the culprits,” said IG (prisons and correctional services) Prem Singh Meena.