Chennai: For a few hours, a cop plays CM.

Inspector S Venkatesh Kumar was asked to wear spotless white outfit like chief minister . He was asked to wear veshti and shirt in spotless white, just like the chief minister .

CHENNAI, India (April 1, 2002): Inspector S Venkatesh Kumar, a 1999-batch officer, was on cloud nine as he took over as Chief Minister M K Staling for close to four hours on Saturday, greeting police officers and other uniformed forces as he sailed in a decorated open jeep.The Independence Day rehearsal was close to the real show this time, as the inspector was asked to wear veshti and shirt in spotless white, just like the chief minister.Being the VIP dummy to stand in for the CM during rehearsals was a special and unexplained feeling, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, he said.Venkatesh Kumar, a commando force member for almost ten years, was appointed to the main CID unit, which is part of the security branch wing a month ago.

SP of the security branch D Saminathan told him to wear the traditional outfit at the venue.Venkatesh Kumar did what he was told, even though he was unaware of the scheme.Four men in suits and dark glasses led him as he left the secretariat room.Later, a core cell wing officer took him to the dais, where parade rehearsals were taking place.

According to a police officer who had previously commanded the security branch that controls VVIP operations, the VVIP's movement is usually kept under wraps to prevent untoward events.The identity of the dummy has not been revealed.Traffic on Kamarajar Salai will be diverted as a result of Independence Day performances on August 11-13.From 6 a.m. to the end of the rehearsals, motorists who want to drive Kamarajar Salai, Rajaji Salai, or Anna Salai must take a longer route.