Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today said that there was no hidden agenda behind the decision to withdra of Z+ security cover of DMK president M K Stalin.
Talking to the media at the Chennai airport, he said, “The Central Government must have thought the protection was not needed now, hence it has been withdrawn. Even the Y+ security given to me by the Home Ministry has been withdrawn.”
The Central government on Thursday withdrew the central security cover of Panneerselvam and Stalin. The Z+ security cover of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for Stalin and the Y+ cover of central paramilitary commandos for Panneerselvam was withdrawn after a security review.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued the orders to withdraw the central security cover of Stalin and Panneerselvam.
OPS, as Panneerselvam is known in political circles, was assigned central security cover back in 2017 on the basis of a threat perception analysis by the Intelligence Bureau.
The Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister was covered under ‘Y’ category security and used to get round the clock protection from two personal security officers and around a dozen guards deployed at his residence and office.
Panneerselvam had a smaller “Y plus” cover of about five-six central paramilitary commandos, Stalin had a larger “Z plus” protection of about 18-20 armed personnel.