29-06-201929-06-2019 12:10:42 IST
2019-06-29T06:40:42.915Z29-06-2019 2019-06-29T06:40:28.433Z - - 30-03-2020
The YSR Congress party has reduced the security cover for former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP Chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu. He will now be guarded by 4 constables across two shifts. A source from TDP said that the government has withdrawn the security team comprising of two Chief Security Officers, 15 member special police team along with 2 armed reserve officers.
Naidu, however, will continue enjoying the Z plus category cover which comprises of a National Security Guards (NSG) commandos who will provide round the clock security to the former AP CM. The Z category security was provided to Naidu by centre after the 2003 Alipiri attacks from which he had a narrow escape.
Earlier this month some escort and pilot vehicles from his convoy were withdrawn as well after he relinquished the office of Chief Minister following TDP's crushing loss in the recent assembly polls in the state. The security cover at Naidu's home in Vijayawada along with his hometown Naravaripalle has also been reduced and Naidu's son Nara Lokesh will also be receiving protection from just two constables.
Andhra Pradesh Home Minister Mekathoti Sucharita said that the decision from the government was taken after a review was conducted by the police department's security review committee.
“It will take a decision on providing security to any VIP depending on the threat perception. The government has no role to play in such decisions,” said Sucharita on the decision.
Meanwhile the decision to reduce security cover by the government has got the TDP leaders fuming who accused the YSRCP of vindictive politics. Even when he was in the opposition between 2004 and 2014, the then Congress government provided him security with one additional superintendent of police, a deputy superintendent of police and three reserve inspectors,” said a senior leader.
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