Protocol breach issue taken to DGP: Additional CS (home)

  • | Tuesday | 19th September, 2023

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: Taking serious cognizance of the failure to follow mandatory protocol during the visit of senior bureaucrats for the cabinet meeting on Saturday, Maharashtra police chief Rajnish Seth has sought an explanation from Chhatrapati Sambhajinagars police commissioner Manoj Lohiya.Speaking to TOI, additional chief secretary (home) Sujata Saunik said, Police commissioner Lohiya should be asked why he altered the plan that the district magistrate had prepared and made last-minute changes to the protocol. It was not just the chief secretary or me, every other secretary was made to step out of their cars and walk to Smart City building.Even during the assembly sessions, we got off the car at the gate and walk to the destination. However, there, nobody misbehaves with us. Nobody shouts at us. On Saturday, the policemen were very rude. I think they need karmyogi training. They were treating us as if they were managing public at a mall. They had the least regard for us. It was after DM Astik Kumar Pandey came to the gate that my car was let through, she said.The senior bureaucrat said she has taken up the issue with DGP Seth, who has told her that an explanation has been sought from CP Lohiya. On Sunday, the city police had issued show-cause notices to the police personnel who were deputed on bandobast duty at the gate of the Smart City office.Despite repeated attempts, CP Lohiya and DGP Seth could not be reached for their comments on the issue.Maharashtra chief secretary Manoj Saunik and the additional chief secretary (home) had already pulled up the revenue and police authorities for the protocol breach on Sunday. On Monday, Aparna Gitey, the deputy commissioner of police (headquarters), carried out an inquiry and recorded statements of the police officers deputed at the entrance of the Smart City building.Senior police officers said that due to a communication gap, there was a serious breach in protocol and the senior IAS officers were not provided a convoy, a pilot car or even a gunman. The bureaucrats came in different private vehicles, which did not even have the amber lights. As a result, the policemen at the entrance of the venue failed to recognise them, the sources said.By this time, some ministers had started arriving at the venue, and the secretary rank officers from across the departments were not only made to wait for several minutes but were made to get off at the road and walk all the way to the smart city building.

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