Kejriwal gets Z security from Ghaziabad cops
Notwithstanding Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's stand against taking any security cover, Ghaziabad police has decided to provide 'Z' category protection to him from Monday. Water, tender mafia pose security threat to Delhi CM, says IBUpdated: Jan 13, 2014 16:59 IST
Despite Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's repeated denial to accept a security cover, Uttar Pradesh police will deploy a Z-category security for him from Monday.
According to a security plan outlined by the Ghaziabad Police, 30 personnel would be deployed round-the-clock to protect Kejriwal.
Ten police personnel have been posted outside his house and two personal security officers and a pilot car with five personnel will be sent by Monday morning, senior police officers told HT.
Kejriwal lives with his family in Girnar Apartments in the Kaushambi area of Ghaziabad.
The UP government approved Z-category security for the Delhi chief minister, who has so far turned down several requests by Delhi and UP police to accept security.
"We have got the official orders to secure Delhi's CM with Z-category security cover. A team of five policemen will pilot the CM in a car and 14 policemen will be deployed outside the house in three shifts," said Dharmendra Singh, senior superintendent of police.
When it was pointed out that Kejriwal had repeatedly refused to accept the security cover, Singh said they are trying to convince Kejriwal.
AAP media coordinator Deepak Bajpai said, "We are not going to take any security either from Delhi or UP police. Arvind Kejriwal has strictly denied any security cover. Our stand on security is clear from day one."
The decision to provide security cover to Kejriwal came after a right-wing organisation attacked AAP office in Ghaziabad, near the CM's house, on Wednesday.
Officials said the home department had demanded a detailed report of the security of Kejriwal after the attack.
Sources said home department has also instructed the Local Intelligence Unit at Ghaziabad to be on vigil, especially after an attack on the AAP office.
Meanwhile, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has told the Delhi Police that 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, after a threat analysis.
"Kerjiwal's threat comes from desperados," said a senior government official.
The desperate elements can seek the help of criminals of the surrounding areas to target the Delhi CM, the police have been alerted.
Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde already confirmed on Friday that Kejriwal is "getting security cover without his knowledge".
A source in the security establishment said officials posted at Kejriwal's house in Kaushambi 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 police employ more personnel for his security," said the official.
(With PTI inputs)
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First Published: Jan 12, 2014 22:34 IST