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Delhi CM Kejriwal refuses to accept security cover

Agencies  New Delhi, January 10, 2014
First Published: 12:14 IST(10/1/2014) | Last Updated: 12:16 IST(10/1/2014)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday refused to accept Uttar Pradesh government's offer to provided him with the highest level of security cover, reports said.

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UP's home department had decided to provide Kejriwal a Z-category security cover after his party office at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad was attacked by a Hindu fringe group - Hindu Raksha Dal - on Wednesday.

"I don't need it. I only need security for crowd management," NDTV news channel quoted Kejriwal as saying.
 
Kejriwal has repeatedly refused security cover for himself and has sought to end the VIP culture of government vehicles with read beacons and heavy security.
 
His security has been a cause of worry for the UP police, especially after he refused to shift to a five-bedroom house on Delhi's Bhagwan Das Road.
 
Another senior police officer said the UP police were already under strain because a large number of politicians, bureaucrats and police officers live in Ghaziabad and Noida districts.
 
Along with security guards, patrol teams have been deployed near the residence and offices of the VIPs.
 
"Attack on AAP office has added to the stress," the officer said.


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