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State withdraws Bajwa’s security

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8

The Punjab Government has decided to withdraw the state police security given to Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa after an assessment showed that he had virtually no threat perception and was, in any case, getting

Central security directly accorded to him by the Union Home Ministry.

This trick won't work on me: mp

  • Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa said security was given to a person for the protection of life and should not be used as a tool to browbeat him into submission.
  • "This trick will not work on me," he said, adding, "If my threat perception is zero, is the government now trying to say that it gave me Punjab Police security without any threat perception?"

Disclosing this, an official spokesperson said the state police security provided to Bajwa had become redundant since he had got personal security directly from Home Minister Amit Shah. A mixed security component was, in any case, not considered good, particularly when the Rajya Sabha MP had, by opting for

Central security, showed that he had no faith

in the state police.

According to the spokesperson, contrary to the claims made by Bajwa, the Central security he had got was not at the behest of the Congress leadership. In fact, the Union Home Ministry had not even consulted the state government to gauge the threat perception, which is usually done before providing Central security to any person.

Bajwa might have simply approached the party's leader in the House, Ghulam Nabi Azad, to seek Central security, and as is the norm, the latter could have simply sent his request to the Union Home Ministry. However, for some reason, the Home Ministry chose not to discuss the matter of Bajwa's threat perception with the state government in this case, which was a clear deviation from the norm followed in such cases, the spokesperson added.

He further said Bajwa had actually been getting enhanced security from the Punjab Police all this time. This was because the state government decided not to withdraw the greater security he had at his disposal as the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Ideally, the enhanced security should have been withdrawn as soon as he became an

MP, with virtually zero threat perception.

from The Tribune

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