Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may have rejected ‘Z’ category security from either Delhi or UP Police, but Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has clarified that a security cover was being provided to the Chief Minister without his knowledge.
“It is the duty of any state government and the Centre to protect such VVIPs. When he was elected the Chief Minister, he was immediately provided with security. We are now giving him security cover without his knowledge,” Shinde said, adding security task was being carried out by Delhi Police and the Delhi Police Commissioner was also coordinating with the UP Police as the CM lives in Uttar Pradesh.
“Recently, there was an attack on AAP office in Ghaziabad. We have asked the local police that if not directly, they can post their men in the vicinity of these locations,” he said.
However, Shinde expressed surprise over the AAP-led Delhi Government’s decision to hold an Assembly session in Ramlila Maidan. Shinde said the Home Ministry would examine the issue from security perspective. “I have not heard something like this before, but we will see when it comes to us,” he said.
Arrest of Muslims
Just few months ahead of the General elections, the Centre on Friday asked all the states to appoint an advisory committee to review cases of minority youths languishing in jails without trial. Shinde said he would write to all state Chief Ministers’ to take up the matter immediately. In September last year, Shinde had asked all the states to ensure that innocent Muslim youth are not targeted and wrongfully detained. “I am again writing to all the Chief Ministers saying we will appoint a screening or advisory committee like in the case of Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). These will be state-level committees,” he said.
Shinde, however, clarified that his earlier letter was not in connection with any particular community.
Dawood in Pakistan
India on Friday countered the Pakistan claim saying that the most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim is still in Pakistan and a joint effort with US agencies are being made to nab him. Shinde said both Indian and US agencies are exchanging information on the fugitive terrorist. “As per our information, Dawood is in Pakistan. When I went to America last year to discuss inland security, I met the Attorney General who looks after the FBI. I talked to him and we decided that we will pass whatever information we have on Dawood amongst each other. We decided we will make joint efforts,” he said.