Punjab strengthens Badal's security cover for polls
Chandigarh, Jan 13: The Punjab government today ordered thestrenghtening of the existing security cover of former state chiefminister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Prakash Singh Badal.
The decision has been taken in view of Mr Badal's increasedmobility during the ongoing electioneering and some news reportspublished in the media regarding the Akali leaders security concerns,an official spokesman said here.
The government also took this decision following the apprehensionsexpressed by Mr Badal about his security, the spokesman added.
Mr Badal who is in the Z-security category is guarded by the eliteNational Security Guards (NSG) and the Punjab Police.A SP rankingofficer of the state police is incharge of his security cover.
The spokesman said it was decided to depute one more NGO, two headconstables and eight constables along with two additional securityvehicles for the security of the former chief minister. Mr Badalalready has two bullet proof vehicles in his convoy.
Mr Badal had yesterday accused chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh andSAD (1920) chief Ravi Inder Singh of hatching a conspiracy to eliminatehim and his MP son Sukhbir Singh Badal during the election campaign inorder to return to power. He had blamed the centre of being part of theconspiracy and demanded a CBI probe into the matter.
''I have specific information that Capt Singh along with RaviInder, who used the services of his party vice president Jasbir SinghRode to smuggle RDX and other ammunition from across the border hadhatched a conspiracy to kill me and Sukhbir. I was fortunate that thePunjab police acted in time and nabbed Paramjit Singh Dhaddi. AmolakSingh and Jaswinder Singh before they could execute their plan,'' MrBadal had claimed.
The SAD chief said even the DGP S S Virk had admitted that therewas imminent threat to important moderate leaders and he has definitelyone of them.
Rode's brother Lakhbir Singh Rode, who is the chief of theInternational Sikh Youth Federation and was based in Pakistan hadhelped Dhaddi, Amolak and Jaswinder in smuggling RDX, he alleged.
According to Mr Badal, Dhaddi, an NRI based in UK had been ropedin by Rode and Ravi Inder, who had offered to make him the Jalandharchief of SAD(1920). Amolak was a SAD(1920) office bearer and Jaswinderis Rode's nephew and the two were arrested from Rode's house, he hadsaid.
Quoting from the 'Open Secrets', penned by former IntelligenceBureau,joint director M K Dhar, Mr Badal had stated that Rode colludedwith the intelligence agencies during the days of terrorism.
The SAD chief blamed the centre for being part of the conspiracy and said only a CBI probe would shed light on the episode.