Punjab police withdraws security personnel’s attached with politicians, journalists, etc
Kanwar inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
In a recent orders issued by additional director general of police (security), Punjab to special DGP / State Armed police JRC, DGP Home Guard-cum- Director Civil Defence, Punjab, IGP Commando battalions, Bahadurgarh (Patiala), all commissioners of police, all SSPs in the state to withdraw immediately the security personnel deployed with the protectees for emergent law and order duty.
The order further restrain the officials to not to withdraw security personnel deployed on court orders.
These orders were issued –withdrawal of security personnel’s, after it is considered advisable due to any fresh, specific input indicating any grave or imminent threat such case may be referred back to this office for reconsideration’ as per the orders.
The 100 proctetees include politicians, bureaucrats, retired police officials, journalists, religious leaders, industrialist, singers, businessmen, advocates, vice chancellor, RSS leaders, shiv sena leaders etc.
Punjab police withdraws security personnel’s attached with politicians, journalists, etc. Some of the proctetees are those who have number of security personnel’s attached with them and some have one or two. With this order the state police have withdrawn those security personnel’s attached with these VIPs.
Some of the protectees include –journalist Anirud Gupta (Tribune), Harpreet Kaur (Hindustan Times), Jagjit kaur, Nimrat Kaur (Spokesman), Jatinder Pannu (Nawan Zamana) industrialist Kamal Oswal, singer Gippy Grewal, Rakesh Chaudhary son of a mining contractor, families of former DGP, SP, DSP, wife of an IPS officer, son of speaker vidhan sabha, Barjinder Singh PCS (Retd.) etc
These orders seems to emphasised the need to discourage the tendency of using security cover as a status symbol on the part of people holding positions of authority.
Even Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi had said after assuming the office “I am one of you and I don’t need an army of 1,000 security personnel to protect me from my own brethren and has asked the state police to reduce his security cover as having so many men to protect him is a “sheer wastage of resources”.