SRINAGAR — The arrest of a Gujarat conman from Kashmir Valley has become a matter of debate in political circles with top politicians from across India tweeting and retweeting about the fraudster identified as Kiran Bhai Patel.
Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) MP, Priyanka Chaturvedi took a swipe at the Jammu and Kashmir administration, saying that when she had visited Jammu to meet the families of victims of targeted Hindu killings in Kashmir, she had been offered zilch security.
“Not that it deterred me, but as MP when I had visited Jammu to meet the families of victims of targeted Hindu killings in Kashmir, I had been offered zilch security and here a conman manages to get Z-security, VIP protocol, hotel stay and Mehman Nawaazi. Adbhud!” the Rajya Sabha member, Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted.
Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav demanded the “strictest action” against the people responsible for this serious issue.
“No investigation was done while giving security to Gujarat’s fake officer Kiran Bhai Patel, it is playing with the security of the country. Strictest action should be taken against the people responsible for this serious issue, they should be removed from the job with immediate effect and punished,” Yadav tweeted.
The Aam Aadmi Party also slammed the administration for failing to identify Patel earlier. “A thug from Gujarat misused government machinery in the name of PMO, spent crores of public money and celebrated holidays in a bulletproof car with Z+ security. Just to clarify, the person’s name is Kiran Bhai Patel,” AAP tweeted.
Kiran Bhai Patel till a few days ago was considered a PMO official and was enjoying VIP treatment with Z-plus security cover in Jammu and Kashmir but now, he is in jail.
The fraudster fooled the higher most rank government officials that too related to sensitive security. He fraudulently posed himself as an official from Prime Minister’s Office and held several meetings with Jammu and Kashmir officials and also reportedly visited the LoC (Line of Control, International Border) area.
Patel hails from Gujarat. According to his Twitter bio, he did PhD from Commonwealth University, Virginia, USA. He did his MBA from IIM Trichy. He has also a degree in M.Tech (Computer Science) and BE Computer (L D Engineering). He called himself a ‘thinker, strategist, analyst and campaign manager’. What amused people most was that he has a verified Twitter account.
Gujarat conman Kiran Patel visited tourist hotspots like Gulmarg, claiming that the government had tasked him to look for improvement in hotel facilities in the area.
After Kiran Patel, a conman from Gujarat, posed as an ‘Additional Secretary’ in the Union government enjoyed Z-plus security cover besides other hospitality, he was on his third visit to the Kashmir valley and was subsequently arrested by Jammu Kashmir Police on March 3.