General VK Singh stripped of security cover
Delhi: Government has decided to withdraw all security cover provided
to former Army chief General VK Singh, who has been taking part in a
number of protests over corruption, Delhi gangrape incident and other
Curiously, General Singh, who is fighting corruption, continues to occupy
government accommodation in Delhi Cantt after making a request to defence
minister AK Antony on retirement.
The former Army chief was provided Z 'Plus' security cover till November
30 but in a review meeting, the Ministry of Home Affairs took a decision
that he does not require any protection, Army sources said.
After the decision was conveyed to the Army Headquarters, it is in the
process of withdrawing all vehicles including a bullet-proof car and
around 30-35 personnel from his security, they said.
Seven vehicles and 30-35 personnel were deployed in his security duties
round the clock, they said.
Singh has been named in an FIR by the Delhi Police for his alleged role in
protests against the gang rape of a girl in a moving bus on December 16.
Soon after his retirement, he was critical of the government on various
issues and shared the stage with yoga guru Ramdev and Anna Hazare on
Lokpal and black money issues.
On the gang rape issue, he had recently said the system stands "completely
exposed and defanged" as not just one daughter, but hundreds of others are
equally vulnerable to predators in the face of "growing impotency" to take
In late November, he had also called for the dissolution of Parliament and
had called for its gherao in support of the demands raised by sugarcane
farmers from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
In the last few months of his tenure, he became the first Chief of the
Army to have approached the Supreme Court against the government on the
personal issue of his date of birth.
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