Not only does the act in itself defy all adherence to security protocols but Kiran Patel’s Kashmir jaunt was brazenly bold and confident. The Amdavadi was arrested on March 3 by the Jammu and Kashmir Police. This was while he was on his second stint in Paradise on Earth, posing as an official from the PMO on official work.
Which brings one to the obvious question? What did he submit for an ID proof? To begin with, a visiting card. And believe it or not, the card was printed in Ahmedabad’s Maninagar area, known for being a hub of printing concerns.
Details of the case are now emerging with a special team of the Jammu and Kashmir Police sent to Ahmedabad to investigate the embarrassment and lawful breach. The card, replete with an embossed Ashok emblem (Ashokstambh), also questions the access to official stamps by the non-descript printing firm. The team has reportedly seized, computers, documents and a CCTV from the raid.
Z Plus security cover, a bulletproof Mahindra Scorpio SUV, official accommodation at a five-star hotel and a whole lot more – Patel managed to take the Jammu and Kashmir administration and its security structure for a ride, posing as a senior official from the Prime Minister’s Office. He is verified on Twitter and has over a thousand followers, including BJP Gujarat general secretary Pradipsinh Vaghela.
His social handle also has several videos and pictures of his “official visits” in Kashmir surrounded by paramilitary guards, the last of which was on March 2.
Meanwhile, Patel has been charged with violating IPC Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, and 471.
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