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Station House Officer, three journalists caught red-handed while taking bribe

Station House Officer, three journalists caught red-handed while taking bribe
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Noida: In a major crackdown on alleged corruption on police officials, the Gautam Buddh Nagar police arrested the Station House Officer of sector 20 police station in Noida and three journalists inside police station on late Tuesday night on charges of bribery and extortion from a call centre owner. Police said that all these four persons were caught red handed while they were taking Rs 8 lakh as bribe to settle down the matter.

According to police, the arrest persons have been identified as SHO of sector 20 police station Manoj Kumar Pant, and journalist Udit Goyal, Sushil Pandit and Raman Thakur.

Cops said that the accused were caught red handed when they were extorting money from a call centre owner for removing his name from an FIR, which was registered against him in November last year.

"During our 'operation trap', to crackdown on illegal call centres operating in the city, police received, complaints of laxity in the matter while few senior police officials were named to have been allegedly involved in the matter of taking bribe to settle down the case. Acting on one such complaint, a police team conducted raid at sector 20 police station of Noida and arrested the SHO and three other persons, who were later identified as journalists," said Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar.

The officer further said that eight lakh in cash, a luxury car of Mercedes maker, a country-made pistol and around six mobile phones have been seized by police from the possession of arrested persons.

Cops said that the accused have been booked under section 7/8/13d of corruption act, section 384 of IPC and section 30 arms act have been registered against the accused persons.

Meanwhile, the arrested journalists, who were later found to be the members of one of the authorised Media Club of the district have been suspended from their duties. However, police have also suspended the additional station house officer, Jaiveer Singh, from his post in relation to the matter.

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