Three booked in Odisha for spreading fake info about V K Pandian’s security | India News

BHUBANESWAR: Saheed Nagar police in Bhubaneswar has registered a case against three men for allegedly circulating fake and misleading information about the security cover of Naveen Patnaik’s trusted aide and BJD leader V K Pandian. The development took place days after the BJP moved the election officers, seeking withdrawal of his security cover.
According to police, Prakash Das, Srikant Pakal and Pradip Pradhan shared a letter with journalists at a press conference here recently, claiming that they received it through the RTI from the commissionerate police.The undated letter, which carried the logo of the commissionerate police, claimed that Pandian enjoyed security cover provided by 74 police personnel. The trio alleged that such a deployment exceeds the prescribed allocation even for individuals entitled to Z+ security, which typically warrants a contingent of 55 personnel.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Prateek Singh denied any such letter, which was circulated by the trio at the press conference, was ever issued by the police. “We completely disown the letter, which was forged and fabricated. A case (no.193) has been registered against Prakash Das, Pradip Pradhan and Srikant Pakal under relevant sections of the IPC including cheating and forgery, as well as the Information Technology Act on the basis of a complaint lodged by our reserve inspector. Investigation is in progress,” Singh told TOI.
Police sources, however, confirmed that Prakash recently sought information through RTI on the exact number of cops allotted to Pandian for his security. Though the police supplied the information to Prakash, the letter shown by him in the press conference was fake, police sources said.
Prakash denied the allegations. “I had sought the RTI information from the home department. My application was forwarded to the commissionerate police and later to the office of the reserve inspector. I collected the information (letter) by hand from the reserve inspector. We did not commit any cheating and forgery,” he said.

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