Two students pursuing hardware engineering from a south Delhi college were arrested after they allegedly impersonated event management executives to gain entry to an event presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 1.
"The duo has been identified as Arvind Singh and Ashok Kumar, students of hardware engineering at a college in south Delhi. They were detained after they were found to have gained entry to a seminar at Vigyan Bhavan by posing as event management executives on Monday morning," said a senior Delhi Police officer.
According to police, Singh and Kumar gained entry to the event that was being attended by several political bigwigs on spare passes.
"The international conference on energy efficiency was being attended by chief minister Sheila Dikshit and Union petroleum minister Murli Deora among other dignitaries. The Prime Minister was briefing when the duo barged into the hall," the officer said.
According to police, security personnel became suspicious when the duo fumbled when asked to produce their ID at the hall door.
"Though they had passes issued by the event management company that had organised the conference, they didn't have ID cards to back their claim. They were whisked away by the PM's security and questioned before being booked at the Tughlak Road Police Station," said the officer.
When questioned at length, the duo broke down and confessed to have impersonated the event management company's executives, police said.
"They told us that they had gotten hold of the passes from a friend who works for the event management agency and had passes to spare. They were instructed to show the passes while entering and say they worked for the company, if asked," the officer said.
Police said both had been arrested for impersonation and subsequently released on bail.