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Three youth breach PM?s security

?We are commoners, we want to meet the PM,? one of the girls who got out of the car said. Should they be punished?
None | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2006 11:13 AM IST

Two girls and a boy, apparently out to have some fun after a drinking binge, breached the seemingly impregnable security at the Prime Minister’s residence on Thursday night.

Yogita Khatwani, Meena Chaudhuri and Imran, in a black Hyundai Sonata, drove past the first gate at 7 Race Course Road without being searched and with no prior security clearance. At Gate 2, where ministers and VVIPs park their vehicles and walk inside, the trio told Special Protection Group (SPG) personnel that they had come to meet the PM.

“We are commoners, we want to meet the PM,” one of the girls who got out of the car bearing registration number DL 4C V 0006, said.

“Do you have an appointment,” they were asked. “No,” was the reply. “Then you can’t see him now,” the youth were told and shown the way out by unsuspecting SPG personnel.

But a group of journalists, waiting for a post-cabinet meeting briefing, saw the youngsters blow kisses at TV cameras. It was only after the reporters raised an alarm that the red-faced SPG men messaged the Delhi Police about the car. By that time the youth had reached INA market, about 5 km away.

Yogita, who was driving the car, said the guard at the first gate let them inside without any questions.

“All we did was tell him that we wanted to meet the PM. I even asked him if he’d like to check the car to see if we were carrying a bomb. But he said it was okay and showed us in. We just were joking and had this fancy to meet the PM,” she said.

The Delhi Police are investigating the breach. The car is registered in the name of Zahid of Chandan Hola village.

The Prime Minister’s Office, however, denied a security breach. “People can come up to the reception area, saying they have an appointment. All those who have genuine appointments are allowed inside the reception, other are turned away,” the PM’s media advisor Sanjaya Baru said.

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