Heads roll as probe into helipad sit-in gets underway

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Oct 05, 2014 20:54 IST

The Rajasthan government on Sunday suspended a police officer and transferred two others, the first set of heads that set rolling following a security lapse that stalled chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s chopper flight on Friday.

The government suspended Reengus station house officer(SHO) Dharamveer Singh, transferred Khandela SHO Bhagwan Singh to the police lines and shifted Neem Ka Thana circle officer, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Shivlal Bairwa to the 12th batallion of Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) in Delhi.

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 detour 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.

The Jaipur Range IGP---Sikar falls in Jaipur Range---district collector, superintendent of police, and several officials on duty at the helipad were summoned to Jaipur on Saturday and hauled up the by the state chief secretary and director general of police.

The axe fell on the officials even as inspector general of police(security)T Guite reached Sikar on Sunday to begin the probe into the security lapse.

Guite recorded the statements of Sikar district collector SS Sahota and superintendent of police(SP)Haider Zaidi.

The role of the Sikar SP and inspector general of police Jaipur Range DC Jain was also under scanner for the security lapse, said a senior police official.

Initial reports suggested that both the officers were present when the CM was delayed by five minutes due to the women's protest, but failed to take action, he said.

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