Sting journalism plunged to a new low when a television reporter, out to score with a sting of his own, had two women arrested after posing as a sex client and taping his conversation with them.
Police said journalist Rakesh Kumar, employed with television channel A2Z News, visited the Dwarka house of the women on Sunday with an “offer”, taped his conversation with them and then filed a police complaint.
The women have been booked under sections of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act following the reporter’s complaint.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Southwest) A K Ojha said: “Our officers reached the spot and verified the evidence submitted by the complainant. We arrested the two women on the basis of the evidence, which was recorded on tape.”
Rakesh told police he received a “tip-off” from one of his sources. The first information report (FIR) quotes him as saying, “My source told me that a woman was running a prostitution racket from her first-floor apartment in Dwarka Sector-19B. I also got her two mobile phone numbers from my source (and) I made a call.”
Rakesh told police the woman introduced herself when he spoke to her over the phone on November 2. Two days later, he called her again and she told him “good girls” had come. She asked him to meet her near a school in Dwarka.
He said after deciding on the place of meeting, he informed his cameraman and senior colleagues in the television channel.
Rakesh told police a woman colleague accompanied him to the spot where they waited for the caller. But she asked him to come to the apartment.
In his statement Rakesh said, “When I was walking into the apartment (complex) with my cameraman, she waved at me and signalled me. We went inside her flat and the woman told us her name. Later she brought another woman and she told us her name. There was another girl whose name I do not know.”
The woman allegedly told Rakesh he would have to pay Rs 2,500 for the girl. However, they told the woman they were carrying Rs 700 in cash and would need to withdraw more money from an ATM.
“We got out on the pretext of withdrawing money from the ATM. Later my crew, along with our woman colleague, entered the house and told her that we had captured the entire conversation on our hidden cameras,” Rakesh told police.
In his complaint he also said while they were trying to inform the police, one of the girls escaped. “Police have recovered the notes on which I have signed my name. The note was recovered from the possession of the woman,” reads Rakesh’s statement to police.
A2Z News declined comment on the role of its crew in the arrest of the women.
NDTV reporter assaulted by stringer
New Delhi: A crime reporter working with NDTV news channel was allegedly held captive and assaulted by the a stringer for the company in Najafgarh, Southwest Delhi.
Mukesh Senger told police that he was asked by his seniors at the office to speak to the stringer, Naveen Kumar, against whom there had been several complaints of blackmail.
Mukesh said he was asked by the office to find out if Naveen had been blackmailing builders in the area.
“I was asked to talk to the stringer and a property dealer to verify if the allegations were true. At 1.30 pm, I reached Najafgarh, where I met a property agent. The property dealer, named Sri Bhagwan, told me that the stringer was threatening to conduct a sting operation on him. Later, I got a call from Naveen who asked me to meet him at Gopal Nagar,” the FIR stated.
Mukesh said he met Naveen in Gopal Nagar. “He thrashed me and held me at gunpoint. At gunpoint I was taken to a nearby building where I was locked. I was beaten (up) but managed to escape,” the complaint read. Naveen has been arrested.