After their month-long efforts to convince AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to take security cover bore no fruit, the Delhi Police have once again knocked on the home ministry’s door for help.
The decision has been taken in the wake of the central intelligence agencies’ inputs about a possible attempt by banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) to kidnap Kejriwal and demand the release of its key member Yasin Bhatkal, who was arrested from Indo-Nepal border by a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA).
“There have been threats of different natures against Kajriwal which we have been receiving for the past some weeks. He is facing threats from water and tender mafia due to his anti-corruption policies. But now there’s a much serious threat from a banned terror outfit. So we have decided to take up this matter with the home ministry,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity.
The Delhi Police have been engaging the Delhi CM and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ministers in discussions to convince them about the merits of personal security but to no avail.
Besides, the Uttar Pradesh government had also approached Kejriwal to give him Z category security, days after the Aam Aadmi Party office in Kaushambi was attacked by the Hindu Raksha Dal. However, Kejriwal turned down his request too.
According to a senior police official, since the security of the Delhi chief minister remains a matter of concern and priority, a decision to attach with him plain-clothed policemen was taken.
Though senior officers refused to come on record, they claimed that as many as six to seven police personnel from the security wing of Delhi police travel with Kejriwal to all the places wherever he visits.
They claimed that the decision was taken with the consent of the home ministry.
About the latest threat to Kejriwal from IM, the police officer said similar inputs were received by the special cell of Delhi Police, which deals with terror-related matters.
The same were conveyed to Kejriwal two days ago with the request to accept ‘Z’ category security cover, but he again refused.
Reacting on the issue, Kejriwal tweeted, “Is Delhi Police and Central govt playing politics with my security?”, “Police officials met me in afternoon. Informed me abt threat. Asked me not to disclose it to media. Den dey themselves went and told media.”
Core committee member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Sanjay Singh clarified later on Sunday evening that Kejriwal and other AAP ministers will stick to their decision of not taking any security cover.