Women’s protest grounds Raje, officials face heat

  • Rakesh Goswami, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Oct 04, 2014 22:29 IST

Rajasthan government ordered an inquiry on Saturday into a women’s sit-in at a helipad in Sikar district on Friday, a security lapse that stalled chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s chopper flight for nearly five minutes and forced her to take a detour.

Raje flew to Tapipalya village in Sikar on Friday to pay condolences to BJP MLA Banshi Dhar Khandela on his mother’s death.

On way to helipad at Kotdi village, however, the CM was forced to take an alternate route after hundreds of women sat on the helipad, demanding drinking water facilities.

An angry Raje pulled up the officials on the spot for the lapse. By the evening, the Jaipur Range IGP---Sikar falls in Jaipur Range--- district magistrate, superintendent of police, and several officials on duty at the helipad were summoned to Jaipur.

An officer of the rank of inspector general of police (security), T Guite has been tasked with an inquiry into the women’s sit-in.

"We summoned Sikar officials to Jaipur to explain why such a lapse took place," director general of police Omendra Bhardwaj told HT.

Sikar district magistrate SS Sahota said it was an administrative lapse, but added the women had never raised the issue before the administration.

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