The police have increased security for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami following a specific intelligence input perceiving an ‘enhanced’ threat to the VVIP from fundamentalists, Tamil chauvinists and disgruntled elements.
Palaniswami is protected by a ‘Z-Plus’ scale of security, which is handled by the core cell of the Security Branch CID and the local police. His residence/place of stay, office and convoy is protected by armed guards round the clock.
Recently, traffic police had arrested two young men who breached Palaniswami’s security convoy. The convoy, accompanied by security officials, advance pilot and escort vehicles, was proceeding towards Greenways Road from the Secretariat, and the movement of other vehicles were restricted.
When the convoy was near Vivekanandar Illam, two youth on a bike suddenly entered the convoy route from Ice House and rode their vehicle in a dangerous manner, to collide with a security vehicle in the Chief Minister’s convoy, police said.
Some months ago, the state government had extended the service of the chief officer overseeing the security of chief Minister Palaniswami.
Special branch CID wing superintendent of police Raja, who was to retire from service on April 30, has been given 13 months extension. He is a native of Erode, close to the Palaniswami’s native.