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New Delhi withdraws Gen Singh’s security cover


New Delhi, December 27, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Indian government has decided to withdraw all security cover provided to former Army Chief General V K Singh, who has been taking part in a number of protests over corruption, Delhi gang-rape incident and other issues.

The former Army Chief was provided Z ‘Plus’ security cover till November 30 but in a review meeting, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs took a decision that “he does not require any protection,” says a report quoting Army sources in New Delhi.

The Army Headquarters has been conveyed that the government—weary of his frequent tirades and recent comments that “the system stands completely exposed and defanged” following the Delhi gang-rape incident—is in the process of withdrawing all vehicles including a bullet-proof car and around 30-35 personnel from his security, the report added.

Gen V K Singh, who retired on May 31, was allowed to stay in Government accommodation in Delhi Cantonment area for one year after he had sought a nine-month extension from Defence Minister A K Antony.

He 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 any action.

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.

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