A journalist who represented the Editors' Guild of India to "examine the challenges of reporting from Chhattisgarh", was allegedly picked up by cops from his Indirapuram home at 3:30 AM on Friday, questioned by a police team from Raipur and later arrested, according to reports.
Vinod Verma, according to an NDTV report, was allegedly planning a sting operation against the Chhattisgarh government.
Verma has worked as Digital Editor at Amar Ujala and is a former employee of the BBC.
The News18 further reported that the police accused Verma of blackmailing Chhattisgarh PWD minister Rajesh Kumar. Police have allegedly seized over 500 CDs from his home, the report said.