PMT scam: Can’t provide security to whistleblower on bicycle, say security officers
The two personal security officers (PSOs) provided to Gwalior-based Pre-Medical Test (PMT) whistleblower Ashish Chaturvedi have expressed their inability to ensure his security on a bicycle.
The two PSOs, assistant platoon commander Sultan Singh Parihar and head constable Ganga Singh Sikarwar, have been provided bicycles to provide security cover to Ashish, who himself rides a bicycle.
Earlier, they had motorbikes but they had contended then that they overtook Ashish, who followed them on his bicycle and in such a situation, providing him security was not possible.
After a sessions court ordered that Chaturvedi be provided ‘proper’ security, the police provided bicycles to the two PSOs but it has not made much of a difference.
The two PSOs on Friday handed over an application to Special Investigation Team (SIT) chief at Gwalior, Virendra Jain, expressing their inability to provide security to the whistleblower by riding a bicycle and having their pistols tied to their waists.
Talking to HT over the phone, one of the PSOs, said: “We are facing tremendous problems. One, he is always vulnerable to attack and if something happens to him, we shall be held responsible. At times, he gets mingled into the crowd on the road and we are left stranded. There is so much heat, sometimes the tyres get punctured and the chain gets dislocated. We wish to be taken off this duty.”
Ex-minister’s OSD to be in STF custody till May 27
Meanwhile, Rajendra Gurjar, who was officer on special duty (OSD) with former transport minister Jagdish Dewda, was on Friday remanded to the custody of the Special Task Force (STF). Gurjar was arrested in connection with the PEB scam.
The scam relates to the irregularities in connection with the recruitment and selection process of the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board for government jobs in the state.
The STF produced him in the court. The investigating agency sought his custody for interrogating him regarding his role in the scam.
The court has remanded him to STF custody till May 27.
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