The Governor of Assam on Saturday, suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), Guwahati, Bhanwar Lal Meena for security lapse at Kamakhya Temple during the visit of Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi.
CJI Gogoi was visiting his home state Assam for the first time after taking charge as the Chief Justice of the country. He reached Guwahati on October 16 and went to visit the Kamakhya Temple on October 17, before leaving for his ancestral home in Dibrugarh.
However, there was a lapse in security arrangement at Kamakhya Temple as a result of which, the Chief Justice had to face inconvenience along with his wife. Taking strong note of it, Governor Jagdish Mukhi ordered his suspension vide a notification by the Home (A) Department issued on Saturday.
During this period, Meena has also been barred from leaving the headquarters without obtaining permission from competent authority.
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It may also be mentioned that, on the same day BJP national president Amit Shah was also visiting the Kamakhya Temple along with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and NEDA Convenor Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma. Eyewitnesses also allege that, CJI Gogoi was almost pushed back by BJP supporters who were standing at the VVIP entrance of the Temple, blocking the way of the Chief Justice.
Following the incident, questions were raised on the protocol system and the Assam police, as well as the district administration, came under severe criticism as for how one can push aside the Chief Justice of the country, who holds a very high constitutional office.
It was Mahaastami on October 17, due to which the flow of devotees in Kamakhya Temple was very high. However, this does not make any difference, in this case, as the district administration, police, as well as the authorities of Kamakhya Temple, were well informed about both the VVIPs visiting the Temple on the said day.