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Foreign national slaps policeman after he refuses entry to book launch by former PM

Police register case against woman three days later, after video of incident goes viral; cop says he restrained himself

New Delhi | Updated: July 14, 2015 6:55 am
Delhi, Delhi policeman, Policeman slapped, Delhi policeman slapped, Manmohan Singh, Manmohan Singh book launch, Delhi Police officer slapped, WWF auditorium, Delhi Police officials, Delhi latest news, India latest news The woman slapped the officer, who was a part of former PM Manmohan Singh’s security detail, in front of other policemen. (Source: Express photo)

A foreign national slapped a Delhi Police officer deployed as part of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s security detail on Friday, after the latter refused to let the woman enter a book release function at the WWF auditorium. Police registered a case against the woman three days later, after a video of the incident went viral.

In the video, the woman is seen arguing with the guard, asserting that she should be allowed to go inside as she had registered for the event. She waits a while and grows furious when she does not receive any response from the guard. She says, “You are going to lose your job; I’m telling you. I’m going to slap you.” She later slaps him in front of other Delhi Police officials. Another person at the spot argues with the lady but she refuses to apologise for the incident, the video shows.

Police believe the woman could be a diplomat attached to an embassy in Delhi.

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Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra said a complaint has been received and police are trying to ascertain the woman’s identity. “Police will register an FIR under sections 186 (obstructing a public servant from discharging his duties), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty) of the IPC at Tughlak Road police station of New Delhi district,” a senior police officer said.

Manmohan Singh was on a panel discussion organised at the WWF India auditorium by the Ananta Aspen Centre, for the launch of The Making of Indian Diplomacy – A critique of euro-centrism by Deep K Datta-Ray.

The officer at the receiving end of the woman’s ire was identified as Om Prakash, an assistant sub-inspector posted with the Prime Minister’s security wing of Delhi Police for five years now. “Last Friday, we were asked to go on duty at the WWF auditorium and reached around 2.20 pm. We were briefed that former PM Singh will come at 5 pm, but he came at 4.45 pm. After that, we banned the entry of visitors — including some invited guests — earlier than the timing mentioned,” Prakash said.

He said five people, including some journalists, were stopped after the former PM entered. “After some minutes, a woman came and asked to be let in. I told her I couldn’t let her enter due to security reasons, as several VVIPs were present. She got irritated and started insulting me. I avoided her and refused to respond, which may have annoyed her more. She then slapped me and also abused me in front of five security officials, including two Delhi Police commandos,” Prakash said.

“I wanted to react, but I controlled my anger… A few months ago, a traffic police officer was suspended for reacting in anger and throwing a brick at a woman. Other security officials were also present at the spot, but no one came forward to support me. Later, one of the visitors came and raised his voice. The woman got scared and walked off,” he said.

Incidentally, police failed to register an FIR for more than 72 hours despite Prakash lodging a complaint with the Lodhi Colony police station immediately after the incident. “After the programme, I went to Lodhi Colony police station, informed the duty officer and filed a complaint,” he said.

The video was shot by a Press Trust of India (PTI) photographer, Vijay Verma, who was also stopped by security personnel. “We were trying to convince the officers to let us in. Suddenly, we heard a woman shouting at security personnel. She first clicked his photo and threatened to file a complaint with his seniors. I thought she was going to do something and started to record the incident. She then slapped him in front of other officers, but they did nothing. Just because he is a policeman, it doesn’t give anyone the right to disrespect him,” Verma said.

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  1. K
    Jul 14, 2015 at 12:43 pm
    She should be punished
    1. P
      Jul 15, 2015 at 4:37 am
      Security protocol should have been published aor written that we will suddenly close doors and throw people out etc. This is typical third rate idea that we will not honour the word that you are registered to attend. This is the level of Integrity in the system. I feel appalled at people not commenting about nonsense decision of the security team which stopped honouring the registration with out reason. They could have published that that the y are unpredictable whether they will allow people inspite of registration.
      1. B
        Jul 14, 2015 at 2:36 pm
        1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
          Jul 14, 2015 at 12:24 pm
          Why police was preventing her and others from entry? Could not they search for any dangerous materials on person and if satisfied allowed to go in? If it was for invitees only then that should be checked. If MMS was scheduled to arrive at 5 pm but came early it is no fault of the visitors. Or was there any stition that all should come before such and such a time and take their places. Strange that PTI cameraman was also not allowed in.
          1. B
            Jul 14, 2015 at 7:10 am
            It was a shameful act. More shameful as no action was taken against this foreign national. Quite possible she could be close relative of Madame Sonia?
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