Journalist’s unattended car causes scare near home ministry

January 15th, 2009 - 11:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) A scare was caused in the high-security North Block area here Thursday when a journalist wrongly parked his car, bearing a “For Sale” sticker, in a no parking zone in front of the home ministry office, officials said.Solomon Uri, a journalist with a Russian magazine, went inside the ministry office after parking his car at Rajpath around 3 p.m. Security agencies noticed the unattended metallic grey car.

A large number of gun-wielding policemen, both in uniform and civvies, gathered around the car and people kept at a safe distance away before Delhi Police towed away the vehicle.

Unaware of the security scare he had caused, Uri came out and was surprised not to find his car. “There was a policeman standing here when I parked the car. He did not stop me. I assumed that it was legal to park,” he told reporters.

A police official, who conducted the inquiry, told IANS that the journalist had parked the car unknowingly. “We have given him a clean chit after verifying everything.”

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