17 SRP GUARDS SLEEP AS COPS SNATCH RI­FLES

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Seven­teen State Re­serve Po­lice (SRP) guards were found sleep­ing at the his­toric Dur­gadi Fort on Wed­nes­day night when the po­lice con­ducted a sur­prise check.

Even as the of­fi­cers from Bazar­peth po­lice sta­tion seized their ri­fles, the guards, obliv­i­ous to the en­tire check, con­tin­ued sleep­ing in the ve­hi­cles. A de­part­men­tal in­quiry has been ini­ti­ated against them.

“We con­ducted a checkup at Dur­gadi Fort at mid­night and found all the 17 guards sleep­ing. They did not even wake up when we took away their ri­fles,” said an of­fi­cer from Bazar­peth po­lice sta­tion, who did not wish to be named.

The 17 SRP (State Re­serve Po­lice) guards were de­ployed at the fort fol­low­ing a high alert across the coun­try.

On Wed­nes­day late night, when the po­lice took a round on the fort premises, they found the guards sleep­ing in­side their ve­hi­cles. The po­lice qui­etly took away their ri­fles and the guards came to known about the miss­ing ri­fles only on Thurs­day morn­ing when they woke up.

The ri­fles were sent to the guard room of the Bazar­peth po­lice sta­tion. “We do reg­u­lar checks at such places. We are car­ry­ing out a de­part­men­tal in­quiry against the guards and will take ac­tion,” said Dilip Surya­van­shi, Se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Bazar­peth po­lice sta­tion.

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