NEW DELHI -- Even as the Delhi government dubbed the ink attack on chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday as a "conspiracy by the BJP and Delhi Police", a report in The Times of India quoted police sources pointing the finger of suspicion back towards Kejriwal's own team.
While a police officer in the CM's security detail is believed to have been told to move away from the minister just minutes before the attack took place — he told his seniors that Kejriwal's PA himself asked the cop to step down from the dias where the CM was standing — cops claim security lapses are frequent under Kejriwal's own instructions.
The TOI report claimed that police commissioner BS Bassi and home minister Rajnath Singh reviewed several such instances where the CM had refused to be accompanied by his security personnel.
"Several cops from the CM's security have complained to seniors and even sent entries through wireless sets saying that the CM had, on a number of occasions, stopped them from accompanying him. These logs say Kejriwal left home and office to undisclosed places after reprimanding his security detail to stay away."
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday said that it is the duty of the security personnel to offer complete security cover to the Chief Minister irrespective of what anyone says.
AAP leader and former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti squarely blamed police for ink-attack on Kejriwal and said that they had failed in their duty.
"One thing is clear that security officials were not present there when the incident took place. We do not know that on whose instructions they were not there. It is very surprising that they (police), who do not listen to even Kejriwal, listened to his PA," Bharti told ANI.
"It is their duty to give complete protection to their protectee irrespective of any hindrance. The police has not done its job properly," he added.
AAP leader Ashutosh lashed out against Delhi Police following the TOI report.
Mr Bassi stop planting stories in media. World knows your competence and allegiance and whom U report in PMO ?— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) January 19, 2016
Mr Bassi I like ur lame excuse. PA said and cop got down. Wow! Where is the security protocol! Why don't u name the cop!— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) January 19, 2016
Mr Bassi claims Z+ to CM,round the clock with 51 policemen.Not one police man with him when CM WAS coming from Ludhiana to Delhi in train !— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) January 19, 2016
Mr Bassi has further compromised the security of CM.First time ever security details of a CM has been made public by Delhi police.1/1— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) January 19, 2016
Mr Bassi why did ur police leak the security details of CM ? Is it by design ? To inform future attackers on CM ? 1/2— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) January 19, 2016
Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi had on Monday rubbished the AAP's accusation that he was part of a conspiracy behind the ink attack and said that there was no security lapse.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had yesterday alleged that the ink attack on Kejriwal was orchestrated by none other but the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre. Sisodia also claimed that the BJP scripted the attack on Kejriwal with the help of Delhi Police, which work under the Centre.
Sisodia termed the attack as major security lapse and alleged that the 'conspirators' could also kill AAP leaders and Cabinet Ministers.
The incident took place at an event yesterday when Kejriwal was expressing his gratitude to the people of Delhi for making the odd-even formula a success. Kejriwal was attacked by a woman, identified as Bhavna Arora, who apparently threw ink at the CM on Sunday after alleging there was a "CNG scam" in the AAP government. Arora is said to belong to the Aam Aadmi Sena, which is apparently formed by disgruntled former members of AAP.
(with agency inputs)
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