Press Esc to close
Monday 24 November 2014
News updated at 6:56 PM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Heavy increase in number of cops protecting VIPs and VVIPs

Mumbai, Dec 21, 2012 (PTI)

Sixty-one per cent of the Mumbai's 46,000-strong police force has been assigned the job of protecting VIPs and VVIPs in the metropolis that has a population of over 1.25 crore, a whopping 1,184 per cent jump in deployment since 2007.

In 2010, nearly 13,010 cops were assigned for VIPs and VVIPs protection duty while the number rose by 48 per cent to 19,349 the next year. As on November 30 this year, 28,420 policemen were protecting VIPs, a 46 per cent jump since last year, an RTI reply received by activist Chetan Kothari said.

In 2007, there were only 2,213 cops performing such duties. When asked to comment on the issue, Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh said, "We have our own limitations. In a democracy, VIPs are more under threat than a common man. However, we are doing our best to serve people with available strength".

Lawyer Abha Singh, wife of IPS-turned-lawyer Y P Singh, said that except people holding high official positions in the government, security should be withdrawn to others.


"Those actually fighting for change in the system are deprived of security, while protection is provided to those who have no threat at all. Some people enjoy security cover to show off their importance," Singh claimed.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) plans to hold a demonstration and a morcha outside Bandra Railway station (West) tomorrow to demand that the security for undeserving people should be withdrawn so that the police department will have more cops to investigate crime against women and children.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Bengaluru pride march for freedom, equality, justice

Bengaluru pride march for freedom, equality, justice

Asia Cup Championship for Deaf 2014

Asia Cup Championship for Deaf 2014

Kashmiri Pandit's protest against Jammu Police

Kashmiri Pandit's protest against Jammu Police

Bridal Fashion show of Trousseau week by Mirrors and Within, Latha Puttanna (Shristhi), Apranje

Bridal Fashion show of Trousseau week by Mirrors and Within, Latha Puttanna (Shristhi), Apranje

Winter Session of Parliament

Winter Session of Parliament

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

Winners of Delhi Half Marathon 2014

Winners of Delhi Half Marathon 2014

Elderly women take part in Tug-of War during annual month long sports competition...

Elderly women take part in Tug-of War during annual month long sports competition...

A tigress in a playfull mood at the Maharajbag Zoo in Nagpur, Maharashtra...

A tigress in a playfull mood at the Maharajbag Zoo in Nagpur, Maharashtra...

Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircrafts make a formation in the shape...

Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircrafts make a formation in the shape...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523