Amit Shah’s security breach: Man roams around home minister for hours in Mumbai

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Mumbai police have arrested a 32-year-old man who allegedly posed as the personal assistant (PA) of an Andhra Pradesh MP and thereby breached the security of Home Minister Amit Shah during a an event.

The man, who identifies himself as Hemant Bansilal Pawar, was moving suspiciously in the Malabar Hill area during Shah’s visit to Mumbai.

ANI news agency reported that the man was seen loitering outside the residences of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis posing as a member of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) because it also wore its ribbon tag.

He was seen at both locations where the events of Union Home Minister Amit Shah took place.

Deputy Police Commissioner Neelkanth Patil found something suspicious. When questioned by police, the accused claimed he was an MHA official who was in town as part of Shah’s visit.

A cop said the man was dressed in such a way that it looked like he was part of the minister’s security convoy.

Then ACP Patil checked Pawar’s ID card and scolded him for loitering. Shortly after, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Zone 2, Neelotpal, sent him a photo of a man who had been seen moving suspiciously in another part of the Malabar Hill area. Patil instantly identified him as the man he had scolded.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), which provides security for various VIPs, began searching for Pawar. The man was later arrested on Monday afternoon. Mumbai police also found an MP’s personal secretary’s ID card on him, in addition to an MHA ID card. They also found out that this man lives in Sindkheda in Dhule and does not work for the government in any capacity.

Dhule was remanded in custody for five days by the court on Tuesday. “Pawar was convicted under Section 170 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for impersonating a public official and Section 171 of the ICC for wearing a suit or carrying a token used by a public official with fraudulent intent,” the Hindustan Times said in a report.

Shah visited Mumbai for the first time on Monday after Eknath Shinde became chief minister of Maharashtra on July 30 following a split in the Maha Vikas Aghadi.

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