The Congress on March 18 questioned the Narendra Modi government for the security lapse in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) where a con man from Gujarat went around identifying himself as an official from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Kiran Bhai Patel from Gujarat was arrested by the J&K Police on March 3 from a five-star hotel in Srinagar for posing as an 'additional secretary in the PMO and taking Z-plus security cover, besides other hospitality. Three cases were registered against him in his home State, the police said on Friday.
Terming it a very serious matter, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera alleged that the government was not focused on such matters as it was “busy protecting the Prime Minister’s best friend”.
“If anyone asks questions to the Modi government, he is anti-national. Which national interest are you serving? If you are at least a little serious about the security of the nation, then tell me that at the political level who will resign in this matter,” asked Mr. Khera.
3 essential questions
“Our three essential questions are — can a PMO officer get Z+ security, should Z+ security be given and is Z+ security availed so easily. It is very important to know from which level the instructions to give security to a thug came,” he added.
Mr. Khera said if a person could roam around in sensitive areas of J&K with Z+ security by making a PMO card, then the episode raised questions over the government’s intelligence mechanism.
“Is he part of a toolkit? Don’t forget that we lost 40 brave jawans in a terror attack on February 14, 2019. How so much of RDX come into that area, none knows. Again in J&K, when Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh was caught helping terrorists, he had scolded the police saying, ‘don’t spoil my game’. What game is he talking about? He was released without an investigation,” alleged Mr. Khera.
“Which national interest are you serving”Pawan Khera Congress spokesperson