As many as 184 VIPs which include former ministers, MLAs and private protectees have lost their security cover in Punjab in a latest development after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) formed the government in the state.
In a letter, dated April 20, the additional director general of police security said: “Consequent to a security review based on current threat assessment, the competent authority has approved the withdrawal of security from… former ministers, former MLAs and private protectees.”
Among the 184 VIPs to lose their security are the families of – former chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Gurdarshan Brar, IPS Gurdarshan Singh, and Udaybir Singh (son of former cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa).
Alongside, the security of former cabinet ministers of Punjab – Surjit Singh Rakhra and Bibi Jagir Kaur, Tota Singh (Shiromani Akali Dal Moga), former congress MP – Varinder Singh Bajwa, Santosh Chaudhary and former Congress MLA Deep Malhotra have also been withdrawn.
Rajesh Bagga (state vice president of BJP), Mahi Gill (BJP star campaigner), and Harinder Singh Kohli (district president BJP) have also lost the deployed security personnel.
According to the order personnel deployed on specific orders of the Supreme Court or the high court will not be withdrawn.
Earlier on March 12, the security cover of 122 MPs and MLAs was stripped in Punjab.