Bengaluru: The Lokayukta Police on Wednesday arrested two KAS officers reportedly when they were returning the bribe money that they had taken from an individual for issuing a No Objection Letter (NOC) for land acquisition.

The arrested officers have been identified as Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board’s (KIADB) Special Land Acquisition Officer A.B Vijay Kumar and land surveyor Raghunath.

An individual had reportedly submitted a petition seeking NOC concerning 0.30 cents land of the ancient Duggalamma temple at Laggere. However, the KIADB’s Special Land Acquisition Officer A.B Vijay Kumar and land surveyor Raghunath are said to have received a bribe of 2.50 lakhs to provide the NOC. They received the bribe and later provided the NOC.

Following this, the petitioner complained to the KIADB Deputy Commissioner, it is learned.

While the senior officers were just preparing to begin an investigation into the matter, it is said that the KAS officers who received the bribe contacted the complainant/petitioner and requested that the complaint be withdrawn.

The accused officers were in the process of returning the 2.50 lakhs of bribe money in addition to an extra 50 thousand to salvage the situation, making a total of 3 lakh rupees when the Lokayukta police arrested both the officer, the Lokayukta press release detailed.

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Chandigarh, Sep 29: With cases of dog attacks reported from "many places", the Panchkula Municipal Corporation has banned the "ferocious" pitbull and rottweiler breeds of dogs as pets within the city limits, officials said on Thursday.

A decision to this effect was taken during a meeting of the MC House on Thursday, Mayor Kulbushan Goyal told reporters in Panchkula.

He said there were 24 agenda points before the meeting and all were passed by the House.

"As far as the issue pertaining to dogs was concerned, those pet owners who do not get their dogs registered will be fined Rs 2,000. Besides, two ferocious dog breeds have been banned in the city. Pitbull and rottweiler breeds have also been banned in many other cities and in Panchkula too they have been banned," the Mayor said.

He said there have been cases of dog attacks especially by these dog breeds at many places, and that people were bothered about this.