ACP Rajbir Singh committed the same mistake on Monday night about which the security wing of the Delhi Police had warned him sometime ago.
Top security sources told the Hindustan Times the unit had in writing asked the ACP sometime ago to ensure Personal Security Officers (PSOs) attached to him move with him wherever he goes.
He had also been asked not to leave behind his PSOs during night hours and travel alone while his security officers wait for him to return back.
The need to warn the ACP had arisen after senior officers in the security wing of the Delhi Police were informed that Rajbir would often leave behind his PSOs during the night and travel alone. “The PSOs are attached to a Protected Person (PP) for his security. They don’t work under that officer but are there to protect him. If the PP leaves behind his security officers, it is he who is to blame and not his PSOs,” a senior security officer said.
On Monday night, Rajbir left two of his Personal Security Officers (PSOs), his escort vehicle and the three security personnel in it at IFFCO Chowk. He then headed to Vijay Bhardwaj’s office with a single PSO and a driver. These two also returned to IFFCO Chowk later.
That meant the ACP, who had a Z-category security cover, was alone inside the office and none of his PSOs was even there outside the office. “We had done our duty by warning the PP about his mistake,” the officer said.
Senior officers are also of the view it would be improper for them to take action against the PSOs for the security lapse since they were just obeying the ACP’s order. However, another section in the police is of the view since the PSOs were not reporting to Rajbir and were there to protect him, they should have accompanied him and, if stopped by him, should have told their seniors about it.