NEW DELHI: The Centre has sanctioned ‘Y-plus’ security cover, to be provided by CRPF, to film actress Kangana Ranaut. The decision to grant her Central protection was based on a review of her threat perception, home ministry sources told TOI on Monday.
The ‘Y-plus’ protection for Kangana – on par with that extended to Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and former deputy chief minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot – comes against the backdrop of threatening statements made by some politicians belonging to the ruling camp in Maharashtra, where she resides and works, in response to her questioning Mumbai police’s handling of the probe into Sushant Singh Rajput death.
Kangana will now have two CRPF commandos, armed with automatic weapons, 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 actress will have a total of 11 CRPF personnel in her security detail. The ‘Y-plus’ protection for her will extend across India.
The actress, who is currently at her native place in Himachal Pradesh but plans to travel to Mumbai on September 9, was quick to thank home minister Amit Shah for extending her Central protection. “This is proof that no fascist will be able to crush a patriotic voice, I am thankful to @AmitShah who, given the circumstances, could have advised me to visit Mumbai after a few days. However he kept honour of the words of a daughter of India and protected my self-respect and pride,” she tweeted.
The Central protection is expected to bring Mumbai police under an obligation to provide the necessary logistical support and assistance to CRPF in managing Kangana’s security detail. Sources indicated that a joint security review by officials of CRPF, intelligence agencies and local police will tie up logistical coordination.
Kangana is the 61st VIP and possibly the first actor to be protected by CRPF. Among the 60 existing CRPF protectees, 38 are politicians and 22 from a non-political background. Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani is the only one who pays for his security cover.
Kangana’s recent comment comparing Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, made in context of her criticism of Mumbai police’s investigation into Sushant’s death by hanging, had riled many including politicians from the ruling dispensation in Maharashtra. While some from Shiv Sena and NCP warned her against visiting Mumbai, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut was caught on camera using a slur against Kangana.