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Security glitch holds up Manmohan

By Javed M Ansari

NEW DELHI. JULY 13. A security glitch held up the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh's entry into Parliament House this afternoon.

The Prime Minister enters and exits Parliament from a special gate, which is unlocked only minutes before the Prime Minister's movement.

The key to the gate is kept with the Central Reserve Police Force contingent posted on duty at the gate.

According to information available with The Hindu, the incident is reported to have taken place this afternoon when Dr. Singh was being driven to his Parliament House office. Much to the chargin of the security personnel accompanying him the gates were still locked when his entourage arrived. The convoy waited for several minutes while the security unit tried to get the gates opened. Having waited in vain, the Prime Minister's motorcade made a short detour and eventually entered Parliament House through gate number 7.

The faux pas has thrown the Special Protection Group (SPG) into a tizzy. The incident is being viewed as a serious security breach and a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

Senior officials in the security wing of Parliament met to find out how the security breach took place.

They said corrective action would be taken.

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