Union Home Ministry should reveal threat perception to BJP MLA Sangeet Som: Aam Aadmi Party

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 22:16

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday demanded that the Union Home Ministry should make public the threat perception to the BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh, who has been accorded Z category security by the Centre.

AAP also said that by providing extra security to Som, who faces charges of inciting communal riots in Muzaffarnagar riots, Home Ministry had done grave injustice to victims.

AAP posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter -

By providing extra security to Som, who faces charges of inciting communal riots, home ministry has done grave injustice to victims (2)

— Aam Aadmi Party (@AamAadmiParty) August 26, 2014

AAP demands that home ministry should make public the threat perception, based on which, high security provided to both Shah and Som (1)

— Aam Aadmi Party (@AamAadmiParty) August 26, 2014

The party further questioned “the justification of providing security from the taxpayers money to leaders of political parties,” and asked the ministry to recover cost of providing Z category to Som, from the BJP.

 

The move by the NDA government came under scathing attack from Opposition today which termed it as a "license for killing" and a cruel joke with the victims, PTI reported.

Based on intelligence inputs that Som, MLA from Sardhana in western Uttar Pradesh, could be targeted by extremist elements, the Union Home Ministry decided to bring him under the security umbrella of the commandos of the central paramilitary force CRPF.

"We have received a letter from the Centre regarding upgradation of Som's security to Z category," Uttar Pradesh's IG (Law and Order) Amrendra Singh Sengar told PTI in Lucknow.

The letter has been forwarded to the agency concerned, Singh added.

Sources in Delhi said Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave the nod to the proposal after he was convinced that Som faced serious threat to his life.

"Nothing can be a bigger irony, a bigger joke with those, whose houses were burnt and those who suffered huge losses," Congress leader Manish Tewari said.

Another Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the move tantamount to providing security to those engaged in killings while the victims of riots were being left in the lurch.

"This security cover is not for the security of Som but a license for killing innocent people and fanning communal disharmony between two communities of a highly sensitive state," JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi said.

The BJP defended the move, saying the decision to provide security is taken based on "sufficient evidence" from intelligence sources and not on "whims and fancies".

"And prior to giving the Z security on the insistence of the intelligence agencies, Sangeet Som was awarded 'Y' category security by UP government on the order of the high court of Uttar Pradesh," BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.

Meanwhile, UP government said that no inputs were taken from it on the issue even as it maintained that it will continue to provide him Y category security as per a High Cout order.

"Security is the state subject. In this particular case, no input was taken by the Centre from the state before providing him the security," Secretary, Home, Kamal Saxena said.

He said there were rules and norms for providing security and it was reviewed during a meeting of IB and state officers every six months. On that basis, security could be continued or withdrawn.



First Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 21:33

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