The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has rejected former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BSP leader Mayawatis demand for SPG security. She may,however,be given an augmentation in her security by the Delhi Police,which handles her security in the Capital.
The BSP leader is an MHA protectee and enjoys Z-Plus category security.
On April 23,she wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,highlighting the threat to her life and demanded SPG cover.
Mayawati said the bullet-proof car used by her should be allowed to go upto the tarmac and planes at all airports in India. Apart from high-level dignitaries,this facility is enjoyed by BJP leader L K Advani and Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. The present security cover provided by the Delhi Police to Mayawati includes 35 police personnel,one bullet-proof car and six NSG personnel. 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 from three sides. The security personnel given to her include six personal security officers,six members for screening and access control and six policemen deployed as spotters.
In her letter,Mayawati also alleged that she feared threat to her life from SP leaders,citing attacks on her in 1995 and 2008.
She also claimed to have expressed threat from terrorists and criminal elements in UP,citing reports of UP STF and Intelligence Bureau. Mayawati complained that while her convoy used to have two vehicles equipped with jammers earlier,one had been removed now by the SP government,while the second could be withdrawn too.
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 has also decided not to make any review of her security arrangements,which involve deployment of about 200 men,excluding the NSG cover.
In last years 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,he said: I am not aware of any such letter or any specific security threat to her.
(With Bhupendra Pandey in Lucknow)