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Ramdev security breach: police in the dark
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Z plus security sought

Karnal: Terming the breaking of inner security ring of Swami Ramdev by a suspicious person in Hamirpur a major security lapse, Patanjli Yog Prashikshan Samiti Karnal has demanded that Union Government should provide Z plus security to Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev.

The samiti, which had organised a recent week-long Yoga camp in Karnal, led by its district president Dr Jaideep Arya also submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner in the name of the President demanding immediate Z-plus security for the Swami.

Earlier in a hurriedly called meeting of the samiti, its agitated members expressed surprise over the manner in which the suspected person travelled to Hamirpur in the same helicopter in which the Swami came from Chandigarh along with Himachal Chief Minister.

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The Hamirpur police is working on various theories to establish the designs of an imposter, Gaurav, who sneaked into the inner security ring around Swami Ramdev.

Incidentally, a local court in Hamirpur today remanded the imposter in four days of police custody after the state counsel said his custody was essential to arrive at the truth.

The Director-General of Police, Mr Ajit Narayan, told The Tribune that it was premature to say if the imposter, who identified himself as Gaurav, was working for a militant organisation and had been assigned the task of keeping a tab on the movements of Swami Ramdev.

He said the police was interrogating the accused and a breakthrough was yet to be made to ascertain his motives.

Asserting that there was no breach of Swami Ramdev’s security in Himachal Pradesh, he said the accused had been a part of the entourage of Swami Ramdev from Chandigarh.

He said initial reports had suggested that he had been moving around with Swami Ramdev for the past week or so when Swami had visited some cities in Punjab.

Masquerading as an IB official, the 22-year-old accused had traveled along with Swami Ramdev and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in the same chopper from Chandigarh to Hamirpur. He was caught late evening yesterday. Police sources said the imposter was acting like a security officer at the NIT grounds, the venue for the yoga camp of Swami Ramdev. The CM had inaugurated the camp yesterday.

But when the local police personnel tried to question him, he failed to convince them that he was an IB official.

During interrogation, the accused also claimed that he was working for a Jalandhar-based weekly, 'Divya Times'.

He had a forged ID card of an IB official and carried another ID card of a press correspondent. He also claimed that he was a resident of Jalandhar.

Mr Thakur said police parties had been sent to Jalandhar to verify the statements given by the accused. A case of impersonation and forgery has been registered against him and his medical examination was conducted within the police station.

This morning, Swami Ramdev said this could be a conspiracy against him as he was devoted to serving the nation. He said the law should take its own course and truth should come out.

Meanwhile, a seven-day yoga camp by Swami Ramdas began at the NIT grounds in Hamirpur today and over 10,000 participants will be attending the camp everyday.

The district police had made elaborate arrangements for Swami Ramdev’s security in view of the threat perception expressed by him recently.


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