A vehicle kept as standby for chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s visit to a village in Chhatarpur district from Khajuraho airport allegedly went missing for about an hour, leaving cops on-duty in a tizzy. Senior policemen, however, have denied the incident.
On Sunday, Chouhan visited Dhavra village to offer condolences to the family members of BJP national president’s personal assistant, Rakesh Mishra, whose grandfather Ganesh Prasad Mishra died recently.
Chouhan flew in to Khajuraho from Datia and took a chopper to the village in the afternoon. He returned to Khajuraho at 2.50pm and left for Bhopal on a state plane.
According to local sources, a Toyota car kept as a stand by arrangement to take Chouhan to Dhavra village on road, in case of any exigency, disappeared for around one hour when the chief minister was at Dhavra. The car (registration number MP 16 T0855) was hired from a Khajuraho-based travel operator and driver Raju Kushwaha was deputed on duty.
Sources told HT that Kushwaha returned around 2.50 pm and was even slapped by a cop for the lapses.
Khajuraho sub divisional officer of police, Israr Mansori, who was on duty outside the airport near the chief minister’s convoy, has denied the incident. While Khajuraho town inspector KG Shukla, who was on duty inside airport, told the paper that he was informed that the driver and vehicle kept as standby for the visit had disappeared for some time. “I don’t know what the reason was,” he said.
Travel operator Neeraj Gupta too accepted that the vehicle had disappeared for nearly an hour, but refused to divulge further details.