To keep protesters at bay, babus splurge Rs 1.12 lakh on two gates

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Mar 14, 2016 09:15 IST

Amid security concerns arising from frequent protests by political parties and organisations in the premises of the district administrative complex here, officials have spent Rs 1.12 lakh for putting up two new doors to curtail the entry of visitors and bar protesters from entering the complex.

The move has come after the protest by workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on December 15, 2015, when they had locked horns with district officials, including senior cops, over the issue of handing over a memorandum to the deputy commissioner (DC) and had forcibly barged into the DC’s office and pinned a copy of the memorandum on his chair with a push pin.

The protest had angered DC Kamal Kishor Yadav. He later held a series of meetings with other officials in the complex and senior police officers of the commissionerate police.

Within a couple of weeks, two new entry doors, including a scissor gate near the office of the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM-1), and an ‘staff-only’ door leading to the DC office, were installed in the complex. Apart from this, the waiting room for visitors outside the DC office was also renovated.

Hindustan Times has collected this information, including the expenses incurred, under the Right to Information Act from the DC office.

As per the reply given by the office, an amount of Rs 46,000 was spent for the construction of the ‘staff-only’ entry door in the DC office and Rs 38,000 were spent for installing the scissor gate near the SDM office.

The waiting room outside the DC office was renovated at a cost of Rs 28,609. The construction work has been completed and the services of panchayati raj executive engineer were deployed for the same.

Security personnel have been deputed near both the new doors. People wanting to meet officials are asked to give their credentials by cops before being allowed to enter the complex.

Visitors have to give details of their identity and purpose of visit to security personnel guarding the scissor gate. Then they have to sit in the waiting room and again inform employees outside the DC office about the purpose of meeting the administrative head of the district.

Before the AAP protest, there used to be no such special frisking or mandatory submission of details of identification for visitors in the complex. The changes are affecting common people.

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