2 October 2022

NEWSCOPE

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Impersonator, who entered the security zone during Amit Shah’s Mumbai visit, arrested

According to the authorities, he pretended to be an officer in charge of security arrangements.

Ankur Chatterjee: A man impersonating a home ministry personnel approached Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Mumbai and wandered freely in restricted areas before he was finally apprehended.

Amit Shah’s two-day visit ended on Wednesday, but it was only today that the details of the events surfaced.

Hemant Pawar, the arrested man, is considered to be the personal secretary of an Andhra Pradesh legislator.

He allegedly followed Amit Shah about for hours while wearing a home ministry I-card.

According to the authorities, he pretended to be an officer in charge of security arrangements.

He was spotted outside the homes of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis, as well as at two functions attended by Amit Shah.

A home ministry employee who became suspicious of the impersonator’s presence, alerted the Mumbai Police, who interrogated Pawar.

The police also discovered that his name was not on the Home Minister’s security team’s list.

Pawar was apprehended. He has been detained by police for five days. It was Mr Shah’s first visit to Mumbai after Eknath Shinde was elected Chief Minister of Maharashtra on July 30 following a rift in the Shiv Sena.

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