Bi­har CM’s se­cu­rity guards en­ter zoo with arms


Bi­har Chief Min­is­ter Ji­tan Ram Man­jhi’s se­cu­rity guards en­tered the San­jay Gandhi Biological Park with firearms, flout­ing the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tion of for­mer Chief Min­istry Ni­tish Kumar. Man­jhi en­tered the zoo premises to at­tend an of­fi­cial func­tion with three of his se­cu­rity guards car­ry­ing arms barely eight months after his pre­de­ces­sor Ni­tish is­sued the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tion pro­hibit­ing en­try to the San­jay Gandhi Biological Park with firearms. A source said the guards were not ig­no­rant about the norm, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in The Tele­graph.

The Tele­graph re­port quotes that the Prin­ci­pal Chief Con­ser­va­tor of Forests, Bi­har, B.A. Khan, “No one is al­lowed to en­ter the zoo with firearms, not even the Chief Min­is­ter’s se­cu­rity guards. They are re­quired to leave their firearms at the en­trance of the zoo.”

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (DGP) P.K. Thakur, how­ever, claimed that no com­pro­mises should be made with the Chief Min­is­ter’s se­cu­rity. “The Chief Min­is­ter is en­ti­tled to Z+ se­cu­rity cat­e­gory be­cause he is per­pet­u­ally un­der threat for var­i­ous rea­sons. He would be vul­ner­a­ble to threats if proper se­cu­rity is not pro­vided to him all the time.” The DGP said the pro­hi­bi­tion on the en­try with firearms to the zoo was ba­si­cally fo­cused on VIP morn­ing walk­ers.

“The Chief Min­is­ter had gone to the zoo to­day to at­tend an of­fi­cial pro­gramme, thus his se­cu­rity was a must. The ban on firearms on the zoo premises was ba­si­cally for the se­cu­rity guards com­ing with the VIP morn­ing-walk­ers. The di­rec­tive was is­sued after re­peated com­plaints were made against the crowd­ing of the zoo be­cause of too many se­cu­rity guards in the morn­ing.”

Brij Kishor Prasad, the eval­u­a­tion and mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer of Cen­tral Zoo Au­thor­ity (CZA) — the na­tional reg­u­la­tory agency for zoos—dif­fered. He said firearms were pro­hib­ited on the zoo premises across the coun­try. “CZA does not al­low en­try of peo­ple in the zoo with firearms for pro­tec­tion of the wildlife,” said Prasad.

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