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TV cameraman remanded for accepting bribe

A video cameraman attached to a popular television station in Colombo arrested by police for accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from an employee of the Fisheries Corporation stall at Bandarawela last week was remanded till February 11.

Police Media Spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunesekera told the Daily News the cameraman had demanded Rs 5,000 from the Fisheries Corporation staff to refrain from telecasting an adverse TV footage on the fisheries stall. According to SSP Gunesekera the cameraman who had earlier taken a bribe of Rs 2,000 from an employee of the Fisheries Corporation had gone on February 2 to collect the balance money.

He was arrested by a police team of the Badulla police station.

The cameraman was in the possession of the Media Accreditation card No 001301 issued by the Department of Information, police said.

Public Health Inspectors conducted a campaign at the Bandarawela town last week on unhygienic restaurants and visited the Fisheries Corporation stall accompanied by the cameraman assigned to cover the event.

Fisheries Corporation officials lodged a complaint with the DIG Uva Province who instructed police to arrest the suspect. A trap was laid and a police decoy who acted an a employee of the Fisheries Corporation was given marked notes to be given to the cameraman. Police arrested the cameraman on February 2 around 2 pm while accepting the money.

The suspect will be produced in court today.

 

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