New Delhi: In another development, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Thursday withdrew its central cover from Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and DMK president MK Stalin, government sources told news agency ANI. As per updates, the CRPF is still in the process of withdrawing the security staff from their residence. Also Read - SPG Removal Row: 'Its Alright When You do it, But Not When Others do,' BSP MP Slams Congress' 'Hypocrisy'
As per updates, Paneerselvam had a smaller ‘Y+’ cover of central paramilitary commandos, Stalin had a larger ‘Z+’ protection.
The development comes after a threat assessment review was made by central security agencies and then the decision was taken by the Union home ministry.
Since 2017, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandos were protecting these two leaders of Tamil Nadu. However, the central security cover will be formally taken off after the state police takes over their security task.
The Central government had in 2017 deployed CRPF commandos to take charge of providing security to O Panneerselvam in view of potential threats to him.
The Union Home Ministry has sanctioned the lowest category of ‘Y’ security cover of central paramilitary forces and has asked the CRPF to take charge of the security of the deputy CM.
The security cover was given to him after an incident of hurling of stones on the vehicle of Panneerselvam, who has revolted against the leadership of AIADMK in the Theni district of the state.