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Delhi Police shifts its PSOs who nabbed IB operatives near CBI chief’s house to safe location

New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Friday withdrew two of its Personal Security Officers (PSOs) posted with Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma and placed them in an ‘undisclosed location’.

Four people caught lurking outside official residence of Alok Verma

According to sources, these two PSOs, who were in charge of security of Verma, have been moved to a safe place by the Delhi Police following a severe reprisal from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) over the incident that occurred on Thursday at the CBI Director’s residence in which the PSOs nabbed four IB operatives near Verma’s house.

The IB is upset over the way the Delhi Police PSOs handled four of its operatives on duty near the CBI Director’s house. The IB is also unhappy over the fact that their names and identity was made public leading to security risk for its men.

The Delhi Police, on the other hand, fears for the lives of its PSOs, who sources said were just doing their duty. “They have been moved out and the situation will be assessed further,” the sources said.

Talks between senior IB officials and the Delhi Police have been going on since Thursday to sort out any misunderstanding between the two organisations. Till the time the two agencies are able to resolve their differences, the Delhi Police decision to shift the personnel to safe place is a precautionary measure so that the IB does not pick up these men.

It is learnt that IB Director had met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Friday morning and apprised him of the incident. Sources said that the NSA, reportedly, advised both the Delhi Police and the IB to resolve the matter among them and not to convert the issue of “mistaken identity” into “prestige issue.”

Four people were caught lurking outside the official residence of Verma on Thursday when the Delhi Police personnel posted with Verma nabbed them in full public glare and took them for questioning. They were later let off but their identity documents were kept by the Delhi Police men.

Shortly after the incident, the IB sources said that the four men were working for it and were on “routine duty” and the presence of these men was unnecessarily “projected otherwise.”



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