The Delhi Police have rejected charges of lapses in security to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as “misconceived and unfounded”.
Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi met Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday and submitted a detailed report in the wake of a woman throwing ink at Kejriwal at the Chattrasal Stadium during an event on Sunday.
Sources said the report states that Kejriwal had been given Z-plus security and clarified that anti-sabotage checks were done at the stadium before the event. It said around 250 police personnel were deployed on security duty at the event, organised by the Delhi government to thank Delhiites for the success of the odd-even rule.
Sources said the report quotes instances when Kejriwal himself had asked his security staff to leave him alone, which according to the report could prove to be ‘dangerous’.
Quoting an instance, the report mentioned that on January 15, the CM went to Orana Farm House,NH-8, to attend the wedding of an MLA’s son at 9pm along with his security staff. At 10.30 pm, he asked his security staff to return to his house saying that he would return on his own.
In another instance on January 4, Kejriwal left his residence around 9 pm with AAP leader Ashutosh and asked his security to stay back. He reportedly returned after an hour.
Soon after the ink attack, the AAP government charged the BJP and Delhi Police
of a conspiracy and deputy
CM Manish Sisodia slammed the Delhi Police, calling the
incident a “major security lapse”.
Bhavna Arora, who claimed to be the in-charge of the Punjab unit of Aam Aadmi Sena, threw ink at Kejriwal at a public rally on Sunday.
Arora, a resident of Rama Vihar in outer Delhi’s Rohini, was arrested after seeking permission from a duty magistrate in view of the protocol to arrest a woman post sunset.