Car parked near PMO causes security scare
A car with a 'for sale' sticker on it parked near high-security Rashtrapati Bhavan and Prime Minister's Office, sparked scare in the security establishment for sometime before it turned out to be that of a foreign journalist.delhi Updated: Jan 16, 2009 11:28 IST
A car with a 'for sale' sticker on it parked near high-security Rashtrapati Bhavan and Prime Minister's Office on Thursday sparked scare in the security establishment for sometime before it turned out to be that of a foreign journalist.
The drama that unfolded on the Rajpath in fornt of Union Home Ministry's office in the North Bloc when police noticed the car parked there at 3:05 pm. Lasted for about seven minutes.
Solomon Uri, a journalist with a Russian magazine, parked his car on the road in front of the Home Ministry office and went inside.
As soon as security personnel noticed the metallic grey car with a sticker 'for sale, 2005-made, ran 50,000 km and a mobile number', they rushed to the spot only to find no one inside the car.
People gathered near the spot, from where the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister's Office, Home and Defence Ministries were just a stone throw away, but were reluctant to go near the vehicle.
Personnel of Delhi Police towed away the vehicle.
Unaware of his vehicle creating a security scare, Uri came out of the North Bloc only to find his car missing.
"There was a policeman standing here when I had parked the car here. He did not stop me. I thought it was legal to park there," Uri told reporters.
A senior police official said Uri was not aware that it was a no-parking area. "We have investigated the matter and found nothing wrong," he said.