Cops want man­dal to pay `65 lakh for se­cu­rity

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KHARGHAR: The Kharghar po­lice has de­manded Rs65 lakh from Sant Ni­rankari Man­dal for ex­penses for pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity dur­ing the 47th an­nual Ni­rankari Sant Sa­m­agam or­gan­ised by it in 2014.

The man­dal said it had not re­ceived the let­ter from the po­lice yet and that it does not need po­lice se­cu­rity this year as it has its own vol­un­teers.

The man­dal is hold­ing its an­nual meet for the third year at Kharghar.

In the three-day an­nual meet­ing in 2014, more than 250 po­lice of­fi­cers and per­son­nel had been de­ployed on ban­dobast duty.

The Kharghar po­lice has writ­ten a let­ter to the man­dal, ask­ing it to pay Rs65,20,600 for the se­cu­rity.

Man­dal of­fice-bearer SS Ti­wari said that they had not asked for po­lice se­cu­rity.

“We did not ask for se­cu­rity from the Kharghar po­lice. We had only in­ti­mated them that the meet­ing will be held over a pe­riod of three days and will have 2 lakh devo­tees from all over the coun­try,” Ti­wari said.

He added, “Our devo­tee vol­un­teers work day and night for ren­der­ing ser­vice and en­sure that the meet is held in to­tal dis­ci­pline. Be­sides, we have not re­ceived any let­ter from Kharghar po­lice, ask­ing about pay­ment.”

As­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice Sheshrao Surya­van­shi con­firmed that the po­lice have asked for pay­ment.

“We have de­manded pay­ment for the se­cu­rity pro­vided. Just as MSEDCL, CIDCO and other agen­cies are paid by the or­gan­is­ers for us­ing their ser­vices and space rented, we too have given our bill for the ban­dobast ser­vice ren­dered by us,” he said.

Asked about the ban­dobast to be pro­vided this year con­sid­er­ing that the man­dal has not paid, he added: “It is our duty to pro­vide se­cu­rity to pro­grammes in our ju­ris­dic­tion. We will pro­vide it this year too.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Sant Ni­rankari Man­dal is hold­ing its an­nual meet at Kharghar.

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