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Former Army chief stripped of security

Former Army chief stripped of security
The government has decided against continuing the security cover provided to the former Indian Army chief, General V K Singh as he is not perceived to be under any threat, an official said on Wednesday.

‘The army chief had been granted security cover for six months from his date of retirement till 30 November. On 4 October, there was a meeting in the home ministry where it was decided that this would not be extended as he was not perceived to be under any threat,’ the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

General V K Singh, who retired on 31 May, had been provided ‘Z-plus’ category security. He has been staying in government accommodation after his retirement.

General Singh had Sunday joined people protesting against the gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in the capital. He was named in a first information report by the police after clashes with protesters.

General Singh’s move to approach the Supreme Court against the government on the issue of his date of birth in the last few months of his tenure had triggered a public debate.

Singh had shared the stage with social activist Anna Hazare in October and called for dissolution of parliament, saying that the existing governmental system had disregarded the soul and spirit of the Constitution.

He had also taken part in a protest by farmers.
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