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Indian Security Officer “Durendran Vicknesh Venkatraman” Faces Four Charges for Allegedly Leaving Fake Explosive Device

Los Angeles/Apr 09, 2024 A.Gary Singh

Security Officer Faces Charges for Allegedly Neglecting to Dispose of Fake Explosive Device

Durendran Vicknesh Venkatraman, aged 46, is under scrutiny after allegedly forgetting to discard a simulated improvised explosive device (IED) following a training exercise, triggering a police investigation prompted by a report concerning the item.

Venkatraman faces four charges, including causing public alarm, falsifying accounts, providing false information to authorities, and being absent from his workplace without valid reasons.

The incident unfolded on January 5 at Sing Industrial Complex in Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2, where over 100 individuals were prevented from entering the premises until the fake IED was confirmed. Venkatraman was entrusted with disposing of the device after receiving instructions from the exercise team around 4:30 am.

However, court documents suggest that Venkatraman departed from his duties at the guardhouse on the preceding night, spending time with friends at Oxley Tower in Robinson Road. Allegations indicate that he was absent from his post from approximately 11:20 pm on January 4 to shortly after 5 am the next day.

Upon his return to the guardhouse, Venkatraman purportedly made false entries in the record book, falsely indicating his presence at work from 11:30 pm on January 4 to 4 am on January 5. He allegedly misled law enforcement officers by claiming he had briefly left the guardhouse to purchase food nearby, when in fact, he had met with friends.

Police investigations, including CCTV footage analysis, revealed Venkatraman's prolonged absence from guard duty, during which he allegedly falsified records to conceal his actions.

Furthermore, Venkatraman is accused of causing public alarm by failing to dispose of the fake IED promptly, as required.

The case has been adjourned to April 30. If found guilty of providing false information to a public servant, Venkatraman could face a jail term of up to six months and a fine of up to $5,000. Falsifying accounts carries a penalty of up to 10 years' imprisonment and a fine.


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