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Arvind Kejriwal gets Z-plus security, 70-80 policemen responsible for guarding him

Armed guards will be kept at his residence and visitors will have to pass through Door Framed Metal Detector (DFMD).

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Arvind Kejriwal with his father and wife after the Delhi poll victory. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Arvind Kejriwal has been given Z-plus security following AAP’s landslide victory in the assembly polls. The AAP chief has always been opposed to taking any kind of security, but he has been given the highest category status due to his “position”, officials said.

Delhi Police, which functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), will take charge of his security cordon, and around 70-80 policemen will be responsible for guarding him.

Even after he resigned as Delhi chief minister the last time, the Delhi Police continued to give him Z category security, with 25 policemen guarding him round-the-clock.

“The Z-plus category security offered to him is a positional one. Any state CM is entitled to get it. Even after he had resigned after his first stint as CM, Delhi Police continued to provide him Z category security,” said a senior Home Ministry official.

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The security requirement of ministers in his cabinet, which is yet to be finalised, will be decided by the Delhi government. Though there is no written rule, Union cabinet ministers are entitled to positional security, which is a Y category. There is no fixed rule for Cabinet ministers of the Delhi Government, until and unless there is a threat perception against a specific minister.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also rang up Kejriwal and congratulated him on his win. “The Home Minister spoke to him on the telephone and congratulated him for his victory. Kejriwal expressed a desire to meet him,” said the official.