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Possible semantic differences between “The police officer caught red” and “The police officer was caught red”

What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences below?
(Please note that only b) has was.)

a) The police officer caught red-handed for accepting bribe.
b) The police officer was caught red-handed for accepting bribe.

I found sentence a) in The Times of India. I am sure that sentence a) is grammatically incorrect.