RTI shows 353 policemen deputed as personal security to 190 Mumbai VIPs11 Feb, 2014
An application was filed with the Mumbai Police under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to get the details about the persons who have been provided with VIP security. The application also sought to know whether who need to pay for the security and who get it free of cost.
The reply provided by the protection branch of Mumbai Police contains a long list of VIPs in different categories i.e. politicians, their relatives, film stars, businessmen, builders, etc. The RTI reply states that as on October 31, 2013 over 353 Mumbai Police personnel were deployed in the protection of 190 VIPs. As per the reply largest chunk of policemen (107) are deployed in the security of MLAs and MLCs. The reply states that 72 cops are engaged in protecting 35 MLAs and 35 cops are involved in protecting 15 MLCs.
The data provided in the reply shows that 29 personnel are involved in protecting 14 businessmen including Mukesh Ambani. The bollywood stars with police protection include Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala. The reply shows that 26 personnel are engaged in protecting 19 builders also.