Maharashtra govt fumes after Kanagan Ranaut gets Y-plus security

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Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut

New Delhi : The Centre has sanctioned ‘Y-plus’ security cover to actor Kangana Ranaut. The decision to grant her central protection was based on a review of her threat perception, home ministry sources said.

The ‘Y-plus’ protection will be provided by the CRPF for Ranaut. The decision comes against the backdrop of threatening statements made by some politicians belonging to the ruling government in Maharashtra.

Kanagan will now have two CRPF commandos protecting her at all times, while one CRPF personnel shall be deployed on static duty at her residence. Considering that these personnel will be deployed in shifts, the actor will have a total of 11 CRPF personnel in her security detail.

“This is proof that no fascist will be able to crush a patriotic voice, I am thankful to Amit Shah,” she tweeted.

While the Maharashtra government appeared surprised over the move, the Congress a partner in state’s ruling alliance alleged that Ranaut was carrying forward the political agenda of the Centre’s ruling BJP.

“The Centre’s move to provide security to people who insult Mumbai and Maharashtra is surprising and also sad,” Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh said.

However, a fresh row broke out after the actor shared on Twitter videos purportedly showing Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials at her office premises in Mumbai. She said employees of the Sena-ruled civic body may demolish the property on Tuesday. “They have forcefully taken over my office measuring everything, also harassing my neighbours,” she tweeted.

BMC officials said they were acting on a complaint. “...there were some deviations including an illegal extension of the office. Also, this property was converted from residential to commercial. Measurements of her office were taken and a report will be submitted in the next two days to top officials,” said an official who did not want to be named.

Ranaut is the first Bollywood celebrity to be guarded by CRPF, which protects about 60 dignitaries, including Shah, Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and Chief Justice of India SA Bobde. The government will pay for her VIP security cover.