BHUBANESWAR:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik may have escaped Congress’ ‘egg attack’ on Thursday, but the breach has clearly exposed that everything is not right with his security.
Naveen has avoided using a bullet-proof vehicle, though there is one for him which is part of his convoy. The Chief Minister uses a white Maruti SX 4 but there is no decoy in his carcade despite the fact that he has been issued threats in the past and Odisha happens to be a Naxal-hit State.
Security experts pointed out that there is too much risk involved in the present security structure as there is almost access to him while he is moving around at public places. The proximity security of the Chief Minister would mean nothing if anyone has to target him and the waylaying of his convoy by the Congress activists vouched for that.
So, how did a group of young Congress workers give the police the slip and managed to breach the Chief Minister’s security on Thursday? Even as contrasting views surfaced from different establishments of the State police on Friday, sources pointed out that Intelligence input had specified about demonstrations, including waving of black flags and egg pelting between Acharya Vihar Square and Utkal University.
However, when a bike rally by the ruling party members was taken out towards the university from Unit IX area, the Congress activists changed the spot at the last moment and waited near Keshari Talkies leaving both Intelligence agencies and city police clueless.
A day after the incident, police top brass, including DGP Sanjiv Marik, Director (Intelligence) Sunil Roy and Police Commissioner Dr RP Sharma held marathon meetings to review the security breach and corrective measures.
While the linear formation of the Chief Minister’s convoy on Friday gave way to a compact security ring in which visibility of Naveen’s vehicle was obstructed by pilot and escort vehicles, all major junctions witnessed enhanced deployment of police and traffic personnel.
Sources said the close proximity security of Naveen has been substantially enhanced and response by the officers on duty is being spruced up.
The Police Commissionerate also reviewed the security and decided that only policemen trained in VVIP security will be inducted into the Chief Minister’s security duties in the future. “There are some personnel who are not adequately equipped and efforts will be made to train them,” sources said.
If need arises, the security personnel would be sent to National Security Guard for training. “The security is being strengthened but the emphasis is on response mechanism in crisis situations and appropriate decision making on the spot,” said the sources.