Water, tender mafia pose security threat to Delhi CM, says IB

  • Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2014 09:54 IST

Delhi chief minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal faces a security risk from desperate elements such as the water and tender mafia, which may feel threatened because of his anti-corruption policies, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has told the Delhi Police after a threat analysis of Kejriwal.

“Kerjiwal’s threat comes from desperados,” said a senior government official.

According to the official assessment, the threat can come from the water and tender mafia or other deeply entrenched interests in the national capital who may go out of business if Kejriwal, 45, remains steadfast on his anti-corruption agenda.

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The desperate elements can seek the help of criminals of the surrounding areas to target the Delhi CM, the police have been alerted.

“Even if a brick lands on him, it may create huge law and order problem all over the country. Therefore, the Delhi police have been asked to take care of his security even if he keeps on refusing it,” said the official.

Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde already confirmed on Friday that Kejriwal is “getting security cover without his knowledge”.

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A source in the security establishment said officials posted at Kejriwal’s house in Kaushambi (Ghaziabad) had been asked to get proactive. “They have been directed to inform all police control rooms on the way whenever he travels so that his route can be secured. It is also being ensured that Kejriwal doesn’t get stuck in traffic. His security detail is also trying to sanitise the venues he visits.”

“If Kejriwal starts cooperating, the Delhi police can provide him better security with less personnel but his refusal to cooperate is making the Delhi police employing more personnel for his security,” said the official.

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