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Security breach at Bihar CM's house

The man, Arvind Kumar Singh, who claims to be an ex-Armymen of Assam Rifles, is arrested and sent to Sachivalaya Poliice Station, reports Vijay Swaroop.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 19:33 IST

Belying the tall claims of a foolproof security of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a man managed to breach it and reached the CM's Janata Darbar with a pistol.

This sent the entire security personnel deployed for the security of Kumar and his residence at 1, Anne Marg, in a tizzy.

The man, Arvind Kumar Singh, who claimed to be an ex-Armymen of Assam Rifles, was arrested and sent to Sachivalaya Poliice Station. Incidentally, Kumar was listening to people grievances when the incident took place.

Singh was caught when people were being lined up for meeting the CM. An alert security man on duty detected the pistol near the gate and he was immediately frisked to a corner.

He was thoroughly searched and then later taken to local police station.

Singh, a native of Renua village in Siwan district later told media persons that he had come to Janata Darbar to seek employment and lodge his complain against the DM Siwan who was not giving him the arms licence.

"I have the licence to use my arms in the state and have applied for an All India Licence.

I meet the DM several times but to no avail so I decided to come with my arms to the Janata Darbar," he said.

The police headquarters have requested the DM and the SP Siwan to investigate the matter and verify the veracity of his statement.

After the incident, security around 1, Anne Marg was further tightened and sniffer dogs were pressed into the service. ADG Abhayanand later claimed that there was no laxity in security around the CM.

"Singh was caught even before he could enter the venue of Janata Darbar," he said and added that people coming here are frisked at three levels - physically, through hand metal detectors and door metal detectors. He said that police are trying to verify he statements given by Singh.

The police had reasons to be nervous as of late, in view of the great rush of people every Monday, Kumar often go outside the venue to meet people lined up on Circular Road.

"With the kind of security he is entitled to, this makes our task all the more difficult," said a senior police officer.

Only recently, the police headquarters have decided to get each function of the CM video graphed including his travel to venue and Janata Darbar.

Several important gadgets, like explosive detector, electronic stethoscope, portable x-ray machine etc., had also been procured for the CM's security.

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First Published: Jan 29, 2007 19:33 IST