Bihar govt sets up committee to probe Amit Shah lift incident

  • PTI, Patna
  • Updated: Aug 25, 2015 20:24 IST
BJP president Amit Shah and three other senior party leaders were trapped inside a lift for around 40 minutes at the state guest house in Patna. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

The Bihar government set up a high-level committee on Tuesday to probe how BJP national president Amit Shah got trapped inside a lift of the state guest house in Patna four days ago.

A notification issued by the state Home Department (Special) said a high-level committee has been set up under the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952, to find out reasons behind Shah, a VIP guest, and others getting trapped inside the lift on the day and suggest measures for prevention of such incidents in future.

The committee, headed by principal secretary (Cabinet Secretariat) Shishir Sinha and principal secretary (Building) Deepak Prasad, secretary (Energy) Pratyaya Amrit and ADG (headquarters) Sunil Kumar as members, has been directed to submit its report to the state government within a month, the notification said.

Shah and some other BJP leaders got trapped inside the lift of the state guest house for about 40 minutes around 11:15pm on August 21.

They were rescued by CRPF personnel accompanying the BJP national president as part of 'Z plus' security cover given to him by the Centre.

The incident had created furore in political circles with state opposition BJP blaming the state government for laxity even as it claimed that the lift had developed a snag due to overloading.

Principal secretary (Cabinet Secretariat) Shishir Sinha, who had visited the state guest house with the secretary (I&PRD) Pratyaya Amrit to inquire into the incident said the lift got stuck due to overloading beyond its permissible capacity of 340kg.

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