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After Punjab govt strips Sidhu of security cover, ex-MP hires pvt bodyguards

chandigarh Updated: Oct 21, 2014 08:03 IST
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After Punjab government’s flip-flop on providing security to former MP and BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, the cricketer-turned-politician was seen being protected by ‘private security’ guards in Amritsar on Monday.

Though the gunmen provided by the state government were also accompanying him, the private guards were seen pretty active and forming a close cordon around the BJP leader.

Apart from keeping a close watch, the private guards also follow the BJP leader in their own vehicle.

Sidhu, who was celebrating his 52nd birthday on Monday, had reached his house in Amritsar to perform a ‘havana’ and spent time with family and friends.

The office of Navjot Sidhu confirmed that the security was hired by the former cricketer 3-4 days back after the Punjab government withdrew his gunmen; however, the government later restored it.

His office claimed that the security guards would be seen with Sidhu wherever he goes.

Notably, after Sidhu targeted the Akali Dal in the recent polls in Haryana, the Punjab government had withdrawn his security, but after the BJP leadership in Punjab slammed the government, his security was restored by the government in less than 24 hours.

But even as the government restored security, Sidhu wasted no time in hiring private security and in a way embarrass the state government.

Sidhu, who has been at loggerheads with the Akalis, especially with the Badals, had hinted at opting for private security immediately after the government withdrew his gunmen.

However, on Monday, he denied to make any political comment, except saying “It’s my birthday. I just came to my new house for offering prayers. So I don’t want to talk about anything else.”