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MP to recommend CBI probe in scribe's death; truck driver held

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal/Bhind 

A day after a television journalist, who had done a sting operation to report on an illicit case, was mowed down by a truck, the government said it will recommend a probe into his death.

Meanwhile, the of the truck, which ran over the journalist, was arrested late last night, the police said.

Sandeep Sharma, who worked for a channel in Bhind, had complained to the district administration about threats to his life after he carried out a sting operation on the illicit

The 35-year-old was talking on his phone by the side of Ater Road in front of a police station when the truck, used to ferry sand, ran over him yesterday, the police said.

today directed the relevant officials to recommend a probe by the (CBI) into Sharma's death, an of the state said.

Meanwhile, the of the truck, which hit the journalist, was arrested late last night.

"The police arrested the truck driver, Ranvir Yadav, who had fled the spot after the accident, and is questioning him," of Police said.

A case under Indian Penal Code under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) has been registered against the accused, Khare said.

Sharma's death had triggered a demand from the for a probe into the incident.

in the Lok Sabha, Jyotiraditya Scindia, had yesterday said the had exposed the nexus between the mafia and police.

"This is a very serious matter and the should immediately probe it," he had tweeted.

Scindia had also claimed that the mafia in the state was getting bolder by the day.

"...the helpless state government is just sitting by closing its eyes," he said in a tweet.

of the Opposition in the state assembly, Ajay Singh, also demanded a CBI probe, stating that the government had not taken any action to provide security to the though he had informed the authorities about the threat to his life.

Sandeep had also told the district administration that he feared he could be killed by the sand mafia, the victim's nephew, Vikas Purohit, said in a complaint to the police.

"Sandeep had also petitioned the of police, the of police, besides the stating that he feared for his life and had demanded security," Purohit said.

In his report to the top officials, Sharma had said because of the sting operation against the sand mafia and the (SDPO), the was transferred, Purohit claimed.

Sharma was to have recorded his statement against the SDPO and was being threatened by unidentified people, Purohit added.

Rajnish Agrawal, meanwhile, said the police was looking into the incident.

"It is an unfortunate incident and we condole his demise. The police is probing the matter and everything would come out after the investigation," he said.

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First Published: Tue, March 27 2018. 15:20 IST