New guidelines for PM’s security: Ministers, officers won’t be allowed to come close
New Delhi: New guidelines have been issued to the states for PM’s security. In the wake of an “all-time high” threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Home Ministry has said that even ministers and officers will not be allowed to come too close to him unless cleared by the Special Protection Group (SPG).
There has been an “all-time high” threat to the prime minister and he is the “most valuable target” in the run-up to the 2019 general elections, officialss privy to the issue said.
No one, not even ministers and officers, should be allowed to come too close to the prime minister unless cleared by his special security, the Home Ministry communication said, citing an “unknown threat” to Modi.
The SPG is believed to have advised Modi, who is the main campaigner for the ruling BJP, to cut down on road shows, which invite a bigger threat, in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, and instead address public rallies, which are easier to manage, an official said.
Instructions to CPT of PM’s security
The close protection team (CPT) of the PM’s security has been briefed about the new set of rules and the threat assessment and instructed to frisk even a minister or an officer, if necessary.
The PM’s security apparatus was reviewed threadbare recently after the Pune Police told a court on June 7 that they had seized a “letter” from the Delhi residence of one of the five people arrested for having alleged “links” with the banned CPI (Maoist), another official said.