No letter, however will not settle for ‘Z’ cowl: Jathedar
New Delhi, June 3
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on Friday refused to just accept ‘Z’ safety provided by the Centre.
The Jathedar mentioned he had not obtained any letter from the Centre on offering him ‘Z’ safety. “Anyway, I can’t settle for it. It can hinder my functioning,” he added.
The Jathedar was one of many 424 individuals whose safety was withdrawn by the Punjab authorities. Though his safety was later restored, the Jathedar refused to take it again. The Centre on Friday granted ‘Z’ class safety to Giani Harpreet Singh. The safety cowl of the CRPF was accepted by Union Residence Minister Amit Shah.
Beneath the ‘Z’ class, about 16-20 armed commandos are deployed in shifts with the protectee around the clock. Punjab-based singer Sidhu Moosewala was killed a day after his safety was curtailed by the state authorities.