Vigilance sleuths on Friday arrested a woman officer of Bhadrak district for demanding and accepting illegal gratification of Rs. 1 lakh after registering a case against her under Prevention of Corruption Act. Manjulata Rath, working as Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) in Tihidi block of the district had demanded the gratification from Sangram Das of a self-help group (SHG) of the locality in lieu of releasing his arrear dues amounting to Rs 8.5 lakhs.

When Sangram lodged a complaint about it, the Balasore vigilance sleuths laid a trap and on Friday caught the woman officer red-handed of accepting the bribe.