Berhampur: A day after the arrest of six journalists in Bhubaneswar, three more scribes were booked on Tuesday for allegedly blackmailing and trying to extort money from Block Education Officer (BEO), Buguda, Rasananda Kar.
In his complaint, Kar alleged that (one each of Bada Khabar, OTV, and Prameya) came to his office on October 16 when he was monitoring school cleanliness of Takarada cluster. They then started highlighting the absence of the BEO in the office in their reports.
When the BEO reached the office, the three reporters demanded Rs 50,000 to suppress the ‘fabricated news’.
Acting on the complaint, police have registered cases against the accused under Sections 353, 385, 506, 507, and 34 of the IPC.