A conman was arrested for stealing VIP parking labels from high security Rajya Sabha premises and misusing these to cheat people. The ease with which he stole the passes from the restricted area points to a major security breach.
It is worth noting that in 2002, terrorists had entered Parliament House using the same modus operandi in an Ambassador car with a VIP parking label. Security personnel were killed in the attack.
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police, who arrested the accused, said he used these labels, fitted his car with a beacon light and a siren, and pretending to be a senior official, duped people offering them fake government jobs. He would demand a bribe in exchange for these jobs.
Police said the fraud came to light when a doctor posted at the Lok Sabha secretariat complained to police his parking label had been stolen.
According to police, the accused, identified as Ashok Kumar, had tampered with the vehicle registration number printed on the parking label and used the car to freely enter Rajya Sabha premises. Police also recovered from him a stolen entry pass of the Lok Sabha and a forged identity card of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
A team of Delhi Police, CBI and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) jointly interrogated Kumar before he was arrested on charges of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy.
“If it was this easy for a conman to steal parking labels from the Rajya Sabha without being caught, it is a major security issue, especialknowing how the Parliament was attacked in 2002 by terrorists,” said a senior police officer.
Police also recovered a forged identity card in whihc he claimed to be a deputy superintendent of police posted with the CBI. Acountrymade revolver, an acid bottle and a toy pistol were also recovered from him. Police said Kumar had duped people to the tune of more than Rs 18 lakh.