Centre refuses SPG cover to Maya,state won’t review security

The Ministry of Home Affairs has rejected former UP chief minister Mayawati’s demand for SPG security.

Written by Bhupendra Pandey | Published:May 4, 2012 4:25 am

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has rejected former UP chief minister Mayawati’s demand for SPG security. Her security cover may,however,be enhanced by the Delhi Police,which handles her security in the Capital.

The BSP president is an MHA protectee and enjoys Z-Plus category security. On April 23,Mayawati wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,saying there was a threat to her life and demanded an SPG cover.

She said the bullet-proof car used by her should be allowed to go up to the tarmac and planes at all airports in India. In her letter,Mayawati had claimed that since her residence in Delhi is located on a busy street,anyone could attack her.

The letter had been forwarded to the MHA and the Delhi Police after which a decision was taken to bolster her security.

The Delhi Police said they would now provide more security personnel at her house near Rakabganj.

In her letter,Mayawati also alleged that she feared for her life from SP leaders,citing “attacks” on her in 1995 and 2008. She also said that while her convoy used to have two vehicles equipped with jammers earlier,one has been removed by the SP government.

As an MHA protectee,she can have the Delhi Police team travelling with her whenever she is out of Delhi — but only for 72 hours.

In Lucknow,the UP government,too,has decided not to review her security arrangements,which involve about 200 men,excluding the NSG cover.

In last year’s budget,she had allocated Rs 26 crore for her security.

Secretary (Home) Deepak Kumar said the former CM was entitled to Z-plus security,and all arrangements were made accordingly. As for her letter to the PM,Kumar said,“I am not aware of any such letter or any specific security threat to her.”

Sources said Mayawati is protected by 24 NSG commandos. Besides,the state has deployed 24 of its own CoBRA commandos. In addition,there are 100 PAC men,15 armed pilots and escorts,12 men for ring-cum-escort duties,a 12-strong access control force,a nine-member anti-sabotage team,six men for under-vehicle security,five watchers,eight policemen for handling wireless sets,and three policemen for round-the-clock monitoring of CCTV at her residence.

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