A private car came dangerously close to the Union Home Minister’s official vehicle on Dalhousie Road in the highly-secure Tughlaq Road area on Friday afternoon, raising security concerns, police said.
A joint team of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Delhi Police questioned the driver of the Indigo car at length.
He is still on the radar of the police. P Chidambaram’s official Ambassador car had a narrow escape on Friday around 2 pm, when he was on way to the Parliament.
Chidambaram has refused any security cover and does not move with any escort vehicles. The Home Minister is traditionally entitled Z security.
The minister’s decision keeps the Delhi Police on its toes and he is given a “clear passage” every time he goes on an official visit. “As the private car was coming out of a canteen, the driver took a sharp turn. He fell short of hitting the minister’s car, which swerved in time. A mishap was averted,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.
A police control room (PCR) call was made soon after the incident and the driver was taken into custody.
He was grilled at the Tughlaq Road police station.
“We grilled the driver at length and are checking his credentials. We do not want to take any chances. There is a continued threat to the lives of VIPs,” said the officer.
“We acted immediately on the basis of the PCR call. We are trying to track the person who made the call,” he added.
Police said the Home Minister, who was in the rear seat, was yanked forward due to the impact.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, had recently removed the security cover of several VIPs who did not require it and instead, used it as a “status symbol.”