Shinde's daughter enjoys 'Z plus security', reveals RTI query

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Mumbai, May 13: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's MLA daughter enjoys "Z-plus category security", an RTI query has revealed.

According to PTI report, 812 police officials and security forces have been deployed for 84 VVIPs in Maharashtra.

Out of total 812 security officials, 52 have been especially deployed for the security of Shinde's daughter, Praniti.

A Pune-based RTI activist Vihar Durve had filed a query seeking information on the security personnel deployed for political and apolitical purposes.

Shinde's daughter Praniti enjoys Z plus security with 52 personnel and his wife, Ujjwala Shinde enjoys Y category security with 14 personnel.

However, Praniti, while speaking to PTI said the security provided to her family was "unnecessary" and they want their security withdrawn.

"We are provided security as per protocol, but we have not asked for any security. We do not even use the security provided to us. I have even written a letter to the state Home Minister and the Director General of Police to withdraw our security. We want it to be used for better purposes," she said.

The 12 VIPs that are entitled to Z-plus category security include Maharashtra Governer K. Sankaranarayanan, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Home Minister R.R. Patil and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.

While there are a total of 46 security personnel guarding Mr. Chavan, there are 31 for Ajit Pawar. 25 personnel are deployed for the security of PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal.

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria are among the 18 persons that have been granted Z-category security and have 15-22 personnel guarding them. A total of 19 VIPs in Maharashtra that have been provided with Y-category security include Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Samajwadi Party Maharashtra Unit President Abu Azmi, sitting Congress MP Milind Deora and former Petroleum Minister Murli Deora.

Justice Mridula Bhatkar has also been provided with Y-category security while Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, Ratan Tata is among the 27 VIPs that have been provided with X-category security.

Both of them, however, have declined to accept any police protection.

Additional Commissioner of Security and Protection Branch Kiran Shelar said the protection to VIPs is provided on the instructions of the committee which reviews the security threat to them.

"There is a committee that makes an assessment and reviews the threat perception on VIPs frequently. Then committee then instructs us to provide security cover based on their assessment. No security is provided to anybody without specific orders from the committee," Mr. Shelar added.

Activist Vihar Durve, who obtained the information through RTI, has demanded that security cover for VIPs should be reduced and diverted to safeguard women.

"A large number of security contingent provided to VIPs is a cause of concern for the common man. Their security can be reduced and diverted to provide security to women and senior citizens. Public money should not be wasted on unnecessary security for VIPs," Mr. Durve said.

OneIndia News

(With PTI inputs)

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