Arvind Kejriwal may have refused security cover but the Chief Minister of Delhi is now getting police protection from two forces — Delhi Police and Uttar Pradesh Police.
The Uttar Pradesh government started providing Z-category security to Kejriwal from Monday. This is over the Personal Security Officers (PSOs) of Delhi Police who tail the chief minister in plainclothes wherever he goes. The only other person in Ghaziabad who gets Z-category security is BJP president Rajnath Singh.
The Ghaziabad Police has deployed a 20-man team for Kejriwal’s security. Ten police personnel — two sub-inspectors and eight constables — will be deployed at his Kaushambi residence along with two PSOs. Ten other police personnel, in two Gypsies, will tail Kejriwal wherever he travels.
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A police officer said usually the security detail is planned by taking into account inputs on the person being protected. “The person’s itinerary for the day, people he plans to meet and other such inputs are taken into account to gauge the threat potential. In Kejriwal’s case, we are constantly improvising,” he said.
On Monday, Kejriwal again made it clear that he didn’t wish to be tailed by policemen. An officer in the Ghaziabad Police said that the “moment Kejriwal got into his Wagon R, he tried to accelerate in an attempt to race ahead of his security detail”. “Our security detail was forced to speed up to tail his car. Even though Kejriwal has made it clear he doesn’t want security, there is nothing the Ghaziabad Police can do,” an officer said.
Responding to a question, Kejriwal also declined comment on IB’s alert about a potential threat to his life. “I will not comment on that. There is no risk to my life. I want to live like an ‘Aam Aadmi’ and it would be better for security agencies to focus on the safety of the common man. Chief ministers can come and go,” he said.
Sources in the Ghaziabad Police said the Z-category security would be provided to Kejriwal both in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Senior police officers have repeatedly contacted Kejriwal, urging him to accept security.