Security Breach: Fake Guide Took US Official On Taj Mahal Tour
AGRA, (IANS) – A case has been registered at the tourism police station here against Asad Alam Khan who allegedly accompanied the US Naval Secretary as a guide during his visit to the Taj Mahal in November 2022, even though he did not have a proper license or authority from the Archaeological Survey of India to function as a guide.
The action came after a detailed probe conducted on a complaint lodged by the President of the Tourist and Guide Welfare Association, Deepak Dan who called it a serious crime and security lapse.
Dan had complained to Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, highlighting the security lapse during the VVIP visit. Dan mentioned that Carlos Del Toro, the US Naval Secretary visited the Taj Mahal on November 19, 2022, and was accorded VIP Protocol by the Indian government.
“The matter being sensitive in nature, a detailed probe was conducted and after verification of facts and circumstances, an FIR was registered on October 9 against the accused. There will be further investigation after registration of FIR and arrest would take place if allegations related to the valuable document are found to be correct,” said Syed Areeb Ahmed, ACP, Taj Security.