President’s Pune home ‘unsafe’,says police report

The report includes specific observations from the state intelligence department

Written by Smita Nair | Mumbai | Published: July 2, 2012 2:05 am

The Maharashtra police department,in a security audit of President Pratibha Patil’s post-retirement house at Pashan,Pune,has cited its “uncomfortable proximity to the hills” to make the point that the 2,500-square feet house on a one-acre plot,is “unsafe”.

Underlining the “easy accessibility” to the house,the report,prepared by the Pune Commissionerate,notes the “imposing threat” posed by the nearby Betal Tekdi (Betal Hills),but does not elaborate on the “threat”. The police have also made observations about the distance between the road and the main compound wall,and the height of the house from ground level.

The report,which has been forwarded to central agencies and the state government,includes specific observations from the state intelligence department also. Explaining why it doesn’t dwell much on the threat perception,a senior official said: “If we do that,it will add to our burden. We do not want a fresh request for additional police machinery to guard the house. We are short on manpower.”

Located on Pashan’s busy main road,between a school and a law college,the house belongs to the state police department and is currently occupied by P P Sharma,who retired as director (wireless) in November.

Patil had earlier selected a five-acre plot belonging to the defence forces,but gave it up following a controversy.

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