Drama out­side Yogi’s of­fice, man of­fers on road

The Asian Age - - Nation - AMITA VERMA

It was late on Fri­day evening when UP chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath was tak­ing a high level meet­ing of of­fi­cers in his of­fice at the Sachivalaya An­nexe when a seem­ingly bizarre scene un­folded on the road out­side.

The high drama be­gan when an el­derly man wear­ing green tur­ban and a kurta- py­jama came on a scooty, parked it near the wall and spread out a cloth in the mid­dle of the road and started of­fer­ing “na­maaz”. He had a knife with him too.

The cops posted in the area woke up to the in­ci­dent only when cars be­gan stop­ping and the traf­fic was jammed on

The po­lice swung into ac­tion and the CCTV footage was scanned to iden­tify the man. Two con­sta­bles posted on the road were sus­pended.

Hours later, the man was tracked down to Aish­bagh and was iden­ti­fied as Rafiq Ah­mad. He was ar­rested and booked un­der the Sec­tion 7 of the Crim­i­nal Law Act.

SSP Kalanidhi Naithani told re­porters on Sat­ur­day that the man ap­peared to be men­tally un­sta­ble. “We are get­ting him med­i­cally ex­am­ined and will then in­ter­ro­gate him,” the SSP said.

The in­ci­dent, mean­while, has ex­posed the lapses in the chief min­is­ter’s se­cu­rity and also the in­abil­ity of the cops to han­dle such un­fore­seen in­ci­dents.

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