PM’s security breach: Probe finds 3 cops guilty of negligence

  • Vijay Kumar Yadav, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 04, 2014 17:02 IST

Three policemen, including a police inspector and two constables, were found guilty on charges of negligence that led to the breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's security cover during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Maharashtra government on October 31.

Former BJP activist Anil Mishra, 39, had managed to climb on to the podium, barely a few metres from Modi on October 31.

After another BJP activist Sanjay Bedia brought the matter to the police’s attention, Mishra was arrested by the Marine Drive police and booked under sections 170 (impersonating as a public servant) and 447 (criminal trespass) of the Indian Penal Code on November 7.

Considering the seriousness of the matter, the top brass of Mumbai police had ordered an internal inquiry. The departmental inquiry was conducted by the deputy commissioner of police (Zobe I) Ravindra Shisve and the report was submitted to senior officers more than a week ago.

During the inquiry, a list was drawn up of policemen who were deputed at those entry and exits points of the stadium through which the PM and other VVIPs had passed. They also identified points at which Mishra managed to slip through the security cordon. Officers manning the spots were identified, said sources.

"After recording statements of number of policemen, two constables and an inspector were found guilty of negligence. These cops were deputed at the Pavilion Gate," a police officer requesting anonymity said.

"These cops were not completely at fault as they did stop Mishra. But Mishra had walked along with union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and claimed to be the minister's private secretary, cops did not suspect anything fishy about him and continued with their duty," the officer said.

The CCTV footage collected from the spot corroborated the policemen’s version. However, they were found guilty of negligence because they did not cross-check his claims with the concern government officials responsible for issuing passes, the source said.

The internal probe was restricted only to the police department and it did not include any of the government departments and Special Protection Group, which were a part of the overall security for the swearing-in ceremony.

After slipping through security, Mishra got himself photographed with leaders such as Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and Pankaja Munde, and shared the photographs on his social media page.

A departmental inquiry will now be initiated against three policemen and appropriate action will be taken against them, an officer said.

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