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District Superintendent of Police Vineet Khanna said he had asked a Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) to investigate the case thoroughly. Sandeep was working for the national news channel News World India. Sources say the cop was later transferred after the audio conversation was aired on TV. "The driver of the truck has been held". The journalist, Sandeep Sharma, had been investigating the alleged nexus between the sand mafia and the police, and questions had been raised about the manner of his death. He was facing threat from a police officer whom he had exposed a few months ago and had submitted a complaint to the SP citing threat to his life. "A case under section 304 (culpa-ble homicide not amounting to murder) has been registered", Bhind SP Prashant Khare said.

Chouhan assured a group of journalists in Bhopal that strict action would be taken against whoever was responsible.

Congress MP Jyotira-ditya Scindia, however, feared that it was a murder and demanded a CBI probe into it.

He was also threatened by the Police for carrying out "sting operation" against the department which would uncover the links between Sand Mafia and the Police. "Media is the 4th pillar of democracy and that is being crushed under BJP's rule", Scindia was quoted as saying by ANI.

Khushwaha told Al Jazeera that Sharma was not provided police protection.

The footage of CCTV installed in the area clearly showed that the dumper suddenly turned towards left, appearing as if the driver had lost control of the vehicle, after negotiating a curve and hit the deceased's bike from behind. Also, no security cover was provided to Sharma even after the threat perception, local journalists said, according to the HT report.

The news came even as a local journalist died along with another person after an SUV rammed into their bike in Bhojpur district of Bihar. They were run over by a village council head and his men in Bhojpur, around 80 km from Patna.


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