Union home minister Rajnath Singh held meeting with senior officials to review the security for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of police reports on the threat to his life. A plot to assassinate the Prime Minister in a “Rajiv Gandhi-type incident” during one of his roadshows came to light after a letter was seized from the home of a suspected Maoist, the police had said.
Mr. Singh held a high-level meeting attended by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Director of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain to review the Prime Minister’s security in the wake of inputs about threat to the PM’s life.
Announcing the meeting in a series of tweets, the home ministry said, “The Home Minister has directed that all necessary measures be taken in consultation with other agencies to suitably strengthen the security arrangements for the Prime Minister.”
Questioning the veracity of the letter, former Home Minister P. Chidambaram had earlier said, “I do not think you should take all these unverified letters as though they are official documents. Such letters will float about. It is the business of the government to offer and provide complete protection to the Prime Minister of India.”
Veteran politician Sharad Pawar, the chief of Nationalist Congress Party, got slammed by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for saying the BJP was “playing the threat letter card” after realizing they are losing popular support “to gain sympathy”.
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