Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, in a meeting declared that the special security provided to over 800 VIPs would be either withdrawn or downsized, depending upon the threat perception.
Hence, following this the tinsel town VIPs are in the list to lose its government security cover, that comprises top cops, builders and politicians. “The Maharashtra government has decided to withdraw security cover provided to 40% of the total 800 people enjoying special protection in the state. The list also includes a lot of Bollywood personalities," confirmed a source at the state home department.
The sources also mentioned the reason for this withdrawal. The state has been facing a crucial shortage of men, the decision was taken by the chief minister last week at a security review meeting. “Chavan has directed home minister to withdraw the protection to people with no threat perception with immediate effect. In Bollywood, the stars who will be losing the cover are Amitabh and his family (wife Jaya, son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya), Shah Rukh, Aamir, Akshay, Hrithik and filmmakers like Yash Chopra and Rakesh Roshan," says a source.
However, Amitabh and Shah Rukh might not lose their cover entirely keeping in mind the controversy that happened last time (in 2006) when it was proposed that Amitabh"s security be downgraded. Sources say filmmakers and actors such as Ram Gopal Varma, Govinda and TV reality show contestant Rahul Mahajan, “who"s status in Bollywood has reduced over the years", will lose their covers totally.