SHO on duty was away partying.
HOLY Child Auxilium School, which was vandalised by some unidentified people on Friday, falls under the jurisdiction of Vasant Vihar police station. It has now come to light that barely a few hours before the attack, SHO of the area Somnath Paruthi was partying in Naraina Industrial area, at least 15 km away.
Not only that, sources said the SHO took his official vehicle and driver ( who was still on duty) to attend the private function, all along flashing the vehicle's red beacon.
Sources said the Vasant Vihar SHO reached Red Apple Banquet in Naraina Industrial Area around 9 pm in his official gypsy with the driver.
" The SHO reached the venue in his official car ( DL 1C J 3906) around 9pm and stayed there for almost 2- 3 hours," a guest who was present at the party told M AIL T ODAY . The police officer's driver also confirmed that the car was the Vasant Vihar SHO's official vehicle and that he had come to attend the function being held by the " Gulati family". The Prime Minister's Office ( PMO) has already directed the Delhi Police and other government units to cut down on their fuel expenses, thereby targeting rampant misuse of official vehicles.
Also, after the attack on St. Alphonsa's Church in Vasant Kunj area recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs ( MHA) had asked the police to probe allegations of negligence made against its personnel in the case. But so far no action has been taken in this regard.
A senior police officer told M AIL T ODAY : " Attending a dinner is not a crime, but the SHO went for the dinner during his office hours in his official gypsy. He also misused the service of a constable.
And the duty chart shows a different story." According to the police, they received information about the vandalisation and theft at the Holy Child Auxilium School around 3 am on Friday.
The police suspect that the incident took place around 1.30 am, which is probably around the time the SHO was partying some 15 km away.
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