Centre asks states to provide adequate security to VVIPs

April 1st, 2009 - 8:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Sonia Gandhi New Delhi, Apr 1 (ANI): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has written to Chief Ministers of all the states to provide adequate security for nearly two dozen VVIPs during the period of the upcoming general elections.

Chidambaram has urged all the state chiefs to cooperate with security agencies.

The letter has listed out ‘dos and don’ts’ to be ensured by the state police and paramilitary forces during their electioneering, official sources said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and her sister Priyanka Gandhi have already got special security of the Special Protection Group (SPG).

Besides them, the list proposes elite security cover to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani, former chief ministers Ghulam Nabi Azad, Farooq Abdullah, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader J Jayalalithaa, Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh –Omar Abdullah, Narendra Modi and Mayawati.

The Home Ministry’s message, written on March 27, has come in the wake of intelligence reports revealing that terrorists may attack prominent leaders in the run up to the polls. (ANI)

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