Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal has accepted ‘Z’ category security accorded to him on the directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
On three occasions earlier, Kejriwal had told the Delhi Police that he did not require any security. But this time the government has decided to give him ‘Z’ category VIP security. A full team of around 25 policemen has been deployed to provide mobile as well as static security around his house.
Sources said Kejriwal accepted the ‘Z’ category security around January 26, a few days before he resigned.
While his media advisor, Nagender Sharma, denied this, Special Commissioner of Police (Security), Delhi Police, J K Sharma, confirmed that Kejriwal had accepted the security.
A senior Delhi Police officer added that a temporary structure had been constructed at Kejriwal’s Tilak Lane residence in Lutyens’ Delhi to accommodate the security personnel.
According to the MHA’s order, the Delhi Police will provide security in the city while the concerned state police will take over when Kejriwal is travelling outside Delhi.
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