The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has withdrawn security cover for Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Leader of the Opposition MK Stalin, officials informed the press on Thursday.
While Panneerselvam had been given Y plus category security cover, Stalin was enjoying Z plus protection by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). As part of the protection, Panneerselvam had the protective cover of about five-six central paramilitary commandos whereas Stalin who had the second highest level of security was having the protection of about 18-20 armed personnel drawn from the CRPF.
It is learnt that the government decision to withdraw security cover of the two politicians following a threat assessment review. The decision was upheld by the Union Home Ministry, it says, citing officials.
The DMK condemned the removal of the VIP security cover of party chief MK Stalin by the Centre on Thursday. In a tweet, DMK MP and Stalin's sister Kanimozhi said she "strongly condemned" the withdrawal of security for her brother.
Kanimozhi said “crores of cadres and their love will serve as a fortification for Stalin, who has continuously been raising his voice for Tamils.”