Cong corporator held in Rs 50-L bribery case

BHIWANDI: The Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested a senior congress corporator Siddheshwar Kamurti (62) of Bhiwandi- Nizampura Municipal Corporation (BNMC) for taking a bribe of Rs 50 lakh in Bhiwandi on Wednesday.
Kamurti was threatening shopkeepers in Padma Nagar to demolish their illegal structures and to stop the same he was demanding a bribe of Rs 2 crore out of which he was caught taking settlement money of Rs 50 lakh.
The ACB sources said that Corporation last year had carried out road widening in Padma Nagar area in Bhiwandi in which portions of 100 shops were demolished.
After which, shopkeepers had utilised the extra space. Hence, increasing height without BNMC permission was illegal. Kamurti had complained about the same to BNMC and he was threatening shopkeepers that if they wanted to stop demolition they should pay him a bribe of Rs 2 crore.
The ACB sources said that Kamurti has at least 12 FIRs registered against him in several police stations in Bhiwandi.
The arrest of Kamurti was celebrated by shopkeepers in Padma Nagar who claim to be fed up with his harassment.

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