Security of 15 Congress leaders downgraded after govt review

Among the Congress leaders who had Y-plus security are former Defence Minister A K Antony, AICC general secretary Ajay Maken, for leader of Opposition in Gujarat Arjun Modhwadia, Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor and former Union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 10:37 am
A K Antony, Shashi Tharoor, Congress, Y Security Former Defence Minister A K Antony’s security has been downgraded by the government. (File Photo)

Fifteen Congress leaders are among 42 politicians and government-appointees whose security has been downgraded, according to a recent central government security assessment.

Among the Congress leaders who had Y-plus security are former Defence Minister A K Antony, AICC general secretary Ajay Maken, former leader of Opposition in Gujarat Arjun Modhwadia, Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor and former Union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal.

Antony’s security has been dowgraded to Y-category, as also the cover given to Maken, Shakeel Ahmad, Tharoor and former MP Vijay Inder Singla, according to sources privy to the decisions taken after the review.

Maulana Syed Kalbe Sadiq, who is the vice-president of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board, has been put under R&AW security as he has declined security, the sources said.

The Special Protection Group (SPG), the National Security Guards (NSG), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the CRPF are the agencies responsible for providing security to VVIPs, VIPs, certain central officials, celebrities and sportspersons.

The sources told The Indian Express that the decision to alter the security grade was taken recently after the intelligence agencies conducted an assessment of all 42 persons. “The threat perception to VIPs is reviewed periodically by intelligence agencies and other security agencies. Based on their recommendations, the decision was taken to upgrade or downgrade the security cover,” the source said.

The Y-plus cover for Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Shukla is set to be downgraded to X, and Modhwadia’s security cover has been withdrawn.

Among those who had been given X-category cover, the security of eight persons has been withdrawn. Of them, three are Congress leaders — Girija Vyas, the ailing Priya Ranjan Das Munshi and R P N Singh.

Depending on the level of threat, security is classified into five levels — Z+, Z, Y+, Y and X — with Z+ the highest security level and X the lowest. Leaders with Z+ security are guarded by 36 personnel and Z category have a security strength of 22 personnel.

Those with Y+ security have 11 personnel along with three personal security officers (PSOs) guarding them round the clock. Those with Y-grade cover also have 11 personnel guarding them along with two personal security officers (PSOs) but the PSO are deployed for 12 hours. X category allows a cover of two personnel.

“The Y-plus category of two Trinamool Congress MP Sisir Kumar Adhikari and Suvendu Adhikari would be withdrawn. Security cover of S K Sikka, the scientific consultant, Justice Suresh Kumar Kait and P C Halder, former Director of IB, was also withdrawn,” the source added.

The Centre has downgraded the Y-category security cover for the former editor of Anand Bazar Patrika, Aveek Sarkar to X category.

The security of the BJP MP from Kurukshetra, Raj Kumar Saini, was stepped down to X category. “The CISF cover of X category was withdrawn of former Congress MLC Dinesh Pratap Singh and suspended Aam Aadmi Party leader Kapil Mishra,” the sources added.

Sources said after removing the security cover of Y-plus category of former Union minister Beni Prasad Verma, who had left Congress to join the Samajwadi Party, and senior IAS official Chinmay P Gotmare, the home ministry has asked their state to provide security cover to them.

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    The Observer
    Jun 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm
    P Das Munshi is almost in a coma in a hospital for the past 8 years or more at Govt. expense. Still he, his family were enjoying security. anyone against whom a criminal or corruption case is going on should be withdrawn security. They have already stolen public money .. why continue to spend money on them?
    1. k
      Jun 23, 2017 at 11:49 am
      My blood boils when I see fodder thief ,now land grabber Lalu enjoying Z plus security, flaunting it whenever he is on TV view. I am not against security for thieves, but they should get it in jails.
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        The Observer
        Jun 23, 2017 at 1:06 pm
        When a mother of a son in law whose wife is a daughter of an ex-PM is provided security without any shame or proper security review, women and girls will continue to get ually assaulted in moving cars all over India with no police to protect them.
      2. M
        Jun 23, 2017 at 11:20 am
        What a waste of public money?These political worthies should thinf peope who die like dogs from various terror acts,people who do not even get one meal a day.If their lives are so special let them arrange security at their own expense.
        1. G
          Jun 23, 2017 at 9:54 am
          only president, vice president , the ruling central govt PM and Ministers and leader of opposition should have security. Rest are bakwas and no need of security. Time Govt thinks in similar lines
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            G k
            Jun 23, 2017 at 9:32 am
            The VIP protectee should themselves say to govt that they do not need any security cover to save the nation expenses incurred on them and if they really care about common man which parties always boast about. Like many volunteer LPG subsidy.
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              Ravindra Sharma
              Jun 23, 2017 at 9:15 am
              Security cover to politicians on public money ? These are themselves a security threat to the common man so why this drama ?
              1. T
                Jun 23, 2017 at 8:52 am
                How do crooks ---- Arnab Gow-swami and Ramdev----- deserve security, according to Govt. review ?........Wasting our tax-money on these THUGS !!!!
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                  MP Singh
                  Jun 23, 2017 at 8:40 am
                  Security protection is granted to VIPs who really face risk in the performance of their official duties. The Congress members, including Shashi Tharoor, do not deserve any security protection at all. This is a false prestige symbol for them and wastage of government funds on these members. Modiji has the authority to do away with these wasteful security protections. In no other country of the world, are such security protections are granted in India it sounds ridiculous. In fact, Government should protect ordinary citizens from these 'protected' members., against whom even police is powerless to take any action.
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