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Railway hospital doc in bribe net

Malda, Feb. 20: A doctor and an attendant of the railway hospital were arrested yesterday evening by a joint team of the CBI and railway vigilance cell for allegedly taking bribes to issue fitness certificates to job seekers in the railways.

Physician Soumen Das, 53, and Madhab Das, 35, of A.B.A. Ghani Khan Choudhury Railway Hospital here were arrested after they allegedly asked for bribe from a plainclothes policeman who posed as an aspirant. The duo have been given transit remand for two days. They will be taken to Siliguri to be tried at the CBI court.

“From January 28 to March 7, about 900 candidates for Group D railway posts who had passed the written and oral exams have to appear for medical tests. If they passed, they would get appointment letters. We got complaints that the duo were demanding Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000 from each candidate in lieu of giving the fitness certificates,” said Santanu Kar, additional police superintendent, CBI, Siliguri.

“Our officer posed as a candidate and caught the duo when they asked for bribe. Another doctor is also linked to the racket. The railways are investigating that,” Kar added.

Divisional manager of Eastern Railways, Malda, Ravindra Gupta, said they were conducting a probe.