Did Andhra MP's assistant pose as Home ministry official, breach Amit Shah's Mumbai visit?

On inquiry, he claimed that he was a member of the Central government agency and was looking at the security arrangements

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  8 Sep 2022 10:04 AM GMT
Did Andhra MPs assistant pose as Home ministry official, breach Amit Shahs Mumbai visit?

Amaravati: The Mumbai police on Tuesday arrested a man for impersonating a Home ministry security officer and trying to get close to Union Home minister Amit Shah. According to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the man is suspected to be the private assistant of an Andhra Pradesh MP. However, it is yet to be confirmed.

The man was reportedly wearing a fake ID card of the Home ministry. The incident took place during Mr. Shah's two-day visit to Mumbai on 6 September.

According to the Mumbai police, the man, identified as Hemant Pawar, is from Maharashtra. He was seen roaming in the restricted areas when Mr. Shah arrived at Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's official residence and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis's residence.

Pawar was wearing an identity card of the ministry of Home Affairs and was inside the premises where a function was held but he was not in close proximity to the minister. On inquiry, he claimed that he was a member of the Central government agency and was looking at the security arrangements. He was reported to the Mumbai police after an official from the Home ministry found his activities suspicious.

After Amit Shah left for Delhi, the police inquired about the man and found that his name was not seen in the Home minister's security team. A manhunt was launched and the police found him at Nana Chowk on Grant road. Cases were booked against him under sections 170 and 171 of the IPC.

Sources said the police are investigating the case to find out if the man was doing a recce.

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