Singhal visits city; VHP alleges his security compromised due to lack of coordination

The International President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Ashok Singhal was in the city on Thursday to meet Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to request him to ensure participation of Punjab in the Kumbh Mela scheduled to be held next year. The members of VHP, meanwhile, have alleged that the security of Singhal was compromised when he moved from Chandigarh to Panchkula.

Acting president of Chandigarh unit of VHP Vijay Singh Bhardwaj alleged that Singhal who enjoys Z security was not provided security cover as he entered Panchkula. The ITBP personnel accompanying him had to be ferried in private vehicles as the cavalcade entered Panchkula.

Bhardwaj said, "We provided the programme to the Chandigarh Police who provided escort vehicles. However at the Housing Board lightpoint the Chandigarh Police withdrew its vehicles as the territory of Panchkula was to start. Due to lack of co-ordination there was no security provided by the Panchkula Police."

SP (Traffic) Maneesh Chaudhary said, "Security was provided by us to the VHP leader in Chandigarh. We had informed the Panchkula Police about his proposed visit to Panchkula. VHP leaders should have provided a copy of the programme to Panchkula Police as well."

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Panchkula, Parul Kush Jain, meanwhile, said that security would have been provided if they had received a request for the same.

Meanwhile addressing a press conference in Chandigarh on Thursday, Singhal said that he has talked to several Punjab Ministers about participation of Punjab in the Kumbh Mela. "There is a rule that the states that have not participated in the Kumbh Mela 12 years ago cannot be allotted a plot. But a letter can be written to the Chief Minister of UP requesting the same," he said.

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