Several uniformed policemen were drunk at the wedding of the son of the chief minister of Punjab, a senior police officer revealed in a letter to the state’s top cop. Several other security holes were pointed out in the letter. A police officer was also suspended.
Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s son Navjit Singh on Sunday married engineering graduate Simrandheer Kaur in a Gurdwara in Mohali.
Security flaws were discovered during the “sangeet ladies party” held at the Arista complex in Mohali on October 8.
In a detailed letter to the director general of the state police, the senior police officer said that the security arrangements were deemed insufficient. Many armed employees entered the premises unchecked due to “weak scrutiny” at the main gate.
Female police officers deployed to the site in civilian clothes were seen participating in the festivities and consuming food and drink in groups. An official police officer was seen touching the feet of a minister, which the letter said has been the subject of much discussion.
No CCTV camera was installed to monitor VIPs and “special people” when they got out of their vehicles. “Anyone can enter the venue under the guise of a VIP this way,” the letter added.
The commandos stationed for the security of Mr. Channi were “mainly occupied with watching videos on their phones”, and some security personnel in charge of his security were found consuming alcohol. The personnel deployed at the entrance gates are also said to have left their service points before the end of their duties.
Some unauthorized personnel also crossed the security cordon of the Chief Minister.