Rewind: Five stings that shook India and stung their targets
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As Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejrial announced the helpline number on Wednesday, giving people of Delhi the sanction to conduct 'sting operations' and report it to the anti- corruption cell, he empowered the people to take on corrupt officials. Terming mobile phones as a new tool to eradicate corruption, Kejriwal said no citizen needs a baton or a revolver to fight against corruption when a simple mobile phone camera can do the trick. It is yet to be seen on how the helpline number will help nail the corrupt, but we take a look back at some sting operations that made the headlines over the years.
Sting1: Bangaru Laxam caught accepting bribe
The first big sting operation in India, conducted by Tehelka in 2001, showed former BJP president Bangaru Laxam accepting Rs 1 lakh as bribe from journalists who posed as arms dealers. The scribes posed themselves as representatives of a fictitious UK-based company West End International and sought Laxman's recommendation to the ministry for supply of hand-held thermal imagers for the Indian Army. Bangaru had to quit from the post of party president after the expose led to a political storm. The court sentenced Laxman to four years in jail in the corruption case.
Sting 2: Babu Bajrangi admits to Naroda Patiya massacre
One of the main accused in Naroda Patiya massacre in the 2002 Gujarat riots, Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi alias Babubhai Patel, was caught on camera accepting that he abetted the execution of Muslims after the riots. The sting operation carried out by Tehelka was taken into consideration while convicting Babu Bajrangi. In the sting carried out by a Tehelka journalist, Babu Bajrani said he was 'proud' of the killings on February 28, 2002 — a day after the Godhra train carnage — in which 97 Muslims were killed.
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