Patna, April 20: An orphan caught the attention of the authorities in the Vaishali district of Bihar on Friday by seeking monetary help from passersby to gather enough money to pass on to police. The police are allegedly demanding a bribe to help the boy, Vivek Kumar, reclaim his land from encroachers. Zee News has reported the case from Chehrakalan village of Katahra Opi. The boy went begging in the Collectorate so he could give Rs 10,000 bribe to the Opi SHO, he said.

Vivek has alleged that his land has been grabbed by squatters and when he approached the police for help, the Opi SHO demanded Rs 10,000 as bribe. Finding no way out, he was trying to collect the requisite amount. The District Magistrate has taken serious note of the boy’s call for help and has instructed the Sub-Divisional Police Officer to ensure the boy gets all help required to get his land vacated.

While this isn’t the first case of police demanding bribe to expedite a routine work, this is rare in that the force did not spare even an orphan child. This week itself, a Rajasthan police inspector was held while accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000. Anti-Corruption Bureau IG (Jodhpur) VK Singh said, “Inspector Mahesh Joshi was caught while taking Rs 40,000 for four months” from a toll manager at the rate of Rs 10,000 per month.