Maximum number of corrupt officials found in Anna's region

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Mumbai, Aug 20: The Gandhian crusador Anna, who is on his way to eradicate corruption from roots in India might be ignorant about the prevailing corruption level in his own territory. Anna hails from Ralegan Siddhi, which falls in Ahmednagar distict, which is part of the Nashik range. According to the records produced by the Anti-Corruption Bureau, it has been unearthed that the Nashik police range has seen the most number of public servants being caught red-handed accepting bribes in two years since 2009.

In 2010, 25% of Maharashtra's cases in which public servants were caught taking bribes red-handed were in the Nashik range. The percentage rose from 19.4% in 2009. In 2010, 124 ACB traps were successful in the Nashik range, while in 2009 the figure was 78.

Ahmednagar district in particular saw 35 successful sting operations in 2010 as against 27 in the previous year. The bribes in the Nashik range were for amounts ranging from Rs 500 to a few lakh rupees. Those caught included six deputy collectors, two civil surgeons and almost two dozen high-ranking Class I officers.

The Pune range was a distant second in 2010, with only 68, or 14%, of the overall 486 cases in which public servants were caught accepting bribes.

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