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Home Ministry grants security cover for Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut  

The Union Home Ministry on Monday accorded central security cover to actor Kangana Ranaut, a senior Ministry official said. The decision to accord Y plus security to the actor was taken after assessment by intelligence agencies, another official added. 

The Bollywood actor has been engaged in a Twitter spat with the ruling Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. She has been living at her family home in Himachal Pradesh’s Manali for the past few months but plans to return to Mumbai later this week.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), deployed in internal security duties, will provide cover for Ms. Ranaut across the country, said the official. Y plus category entails that the individual will be protected by 11-12 CRPF personnel round the clock. The CRPF currently provides security to about 60 dignitaries and high-profile persons, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde.

It was not clear if the actor will pay for the security cover. Industrialist Mukesh Ambani, who also has CRPF cover, pays a fee to the government for availing the services.

 

The second official said, “The security cover to the actor has been granted on the basis of an assessment done by the intelligence agencies. In such cases the government doesn’t seek charges from the personality.” 

Sad, says Deshmukh

Responding to the development, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said it is “surprising and sad” that the actor has been provided central security.

Mr. Deshmukh said, “The Centre’s move to provide security to people who insult Mumbai and Maharashtra is surprising and also sad. This State belongs to all people, including the BJP. Kangana Ranaut’s comments should be condemned by all.”

Later in the afternoon, the actor tweeted that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials had came to her office and threatened to demolish the property on Tuesday.

Ms. Ranout said: “They have forcefully taken over my office measuring everything, also harassing my neighbours, when they retorted BMC officials said, ‘Woh jo madam hain uski kartut ka parinaam sabko bharna hoga’ (everyone will have to pay for madam’s deeds) I am informed tomorrow they are demolishing my property.”

She also tweeted, “I have all papers, BMC permissions; nothing have been done illegal in my property. BMC should send a structure plan to show the illegal construction with a notice, today they raided my place and without any notice tomorrow they demolishing entire structure.”

On September 3, Ms Ranaut had tweeted, “Sanjay Raut Shiv Sena leader has given me an open threat and asked me not to come back to Mumbai after Aazadi graffiti in Mumbai streets and now open threats, why Mumbai is feeling like Pakistan occupied Kashmir.” Her remarks sparked a social media storm. 

She then tweeted, “I see many people are threatening me to not come back to Mumbai so I have now decided to travel to Mumbai this coming week on September 9, I will post the time when I land in Mumbai airport, ‘kisi ke baap mein himmat hain toh rok le’ (anyone can dare to stop me).

On September 4, Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut tweeted in Marathi that Mumbai is a land of marathi manoos and whoever doesn't believe in this needs to be shown who their father is. “The Shiv Sena will not rest until we teach such enemies of Maharashtra a lesson... Promise,” he said. 

Speaking in the Assembly on Monday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said some people don’t have gratitude for the city where they earn their livelihood. Without taking any names, Mr. Thackeray said, “Some people have gratitude towards the city where they live and earn their livelihood, but some don’t.”

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