NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Nov 19 - Two Transport dept officials from Lakhimpur were suspended for allegedly demanding bribes from truckers. The act was caught on camera and went viral in the social media.
The action was taken in view of the incident which occurred at North Lakhimpur on November 16. Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, instructed the Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Department of Transport to place the officials involved in the incident under immediate suspension. Following the minister�s order, the Transport Department placed Palash Jyoti Hazarika and Rajen Panging, both Assistant Enforcement Inspectors in the office of the District Transport Officer, Lakhimpur under suspension under Rule 6 (1) (a) of the Assam Service (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1964 with immediate effect.
The Commissioner of Transport, Assam will inquire into the matter and submit report within 15 days, an official announcement received late on Monday evening said. Earlier on Monday, the Asomiya Yuva Mancha demonstrated in front of the District Transport Office, North Lakhimpur and burnt the effigy of the State Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary protesting the open bribery practised by the officials of his department in Lakhimpur district.