Govt ‘rewards’ SP, DM blamed for security lapse during Raje trip

  • Rakesh Goswami, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Oct 29, 2014 21:57 IST

Two top government officials blamed for a security lapse during chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s recent trip to Sikar have been rewarded with plum postings even as the probe report gathered dust at the chief secretary’s office.

The report of the probe, conducted by inspector general of police (security) T Guite, was submitted to the government last week.

Hindustan Times has a copy of the confidential report sent to the chief secretary’s office.

On October 3, a group of women had managed to evade security and stage a demonstration at a helipad in Sikar district, delaying Raje’s departure by five minutes.

Raje had flown to Tapipalya village -- 115 km from Jaipur -- to pay condolences to BJP MLA Banshi Dhar Khandela following the death of his mother.

The CM was forced to take an alternate route after hundreds of women blocked the helipad at Kotdi village, demanding drinking water facilities.

The probe report said officers were not briefed properly which resulted in the superintendent of police -- leading the CM’s cavalcade -- riding in the wrong direction instead of going to the helipad.

Police personnel and traffic police staff deployed for route-lining were also missing from their positions, the report said adding there was no one to guide the cavalcade towards the helipad.

The report also questioned why information about the protest demonstration was conveyed from one police officer to another through mobile phone when the usual practice is to use the wireless set so that other police personnel are also alerted.

Guite’s probe, which concluded on October 18, slammed the district administration for not having prepared a “contingency route/plan” and for not making sufficient arrangements and deployment to “isolate” the helipad from common people.

However, in a recent reshuffle, both the then Sikar district magistrate SS Sahota and SP Haider Ali Zaidi have been ‘rewarded’ with plum postings.

While Sahota has become the DM of Jhunjhunu, a bigger district, Zaidi has been brought to capital Jaipur as DCP (traffic).

Meanwhile, the probe report is gathering dust at the chief secretary’s office since the post is vacant after incumbent Rajiv Mehrishi moved on central deputation as secretary, department of economic affairs in the ministry of finance.

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