Kolhapur, Feb 12 (PTI) A village-level government revenue official and his private assistant were Tuesday arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau in Kolhapur for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000, an official said.

Shivaji Chandar Koli (53), a talathi posted at Kaneri village of Panhala tehsil here, had demanded money from a person to have the latter’s name included in the 7/12 land record extract, an ACB official said.

“Koli first demanded Rs 10,000 and then brought it down to Rs 5,000 following negotiations. The victim then approached the ACB and a trap was laid,” Girish Gode, ACB Deputy Superintendent of Police, said.

“Koli and his private assistant Sushant Bajirao Lavate (23) were caught red-handed in the trap while accepting Rs 5,000 from the complainant. Incidentally, it was Lavate’s first day at work,” Gode informed.

He said a case had been registered and further probe was underway.

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