There were reports of Mumbai Police trimming the securities of Bollywood superstars Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. However, Mumbai Police on Friday denied the downscaling of personal security.
Replying via their official Twitter handle, Mumbai Police have refuted the reports of downgrading and/or nixing the securities of the film personalities.
Earlier, reports stated that the personal securities provided to the Bollywood celebs by Mumbai Police have been downgraded for 15 personalities and have been removed for 25 others. After the news surfaced, Congress and other opposition parties locked horns over the issue.
The Congress reignited the intolerance debate and alleged that Aamir Khan was paying the cost for expressing his opinion against the Narendra Modi Government. Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewalla dubbed the move as a ‘tit-for-tat’ on the part of the ruling dispensation.
“First reports emanated that Incredible India icon Aamir Khan, who is a renowned actor, was suddenly removed. Has it arisen on account of the free expression of opinion and the atmosphere on intolerance that Aamir spoke about? Is it a tit-for-tat that the Modi Government has now become famous for,” Surjewalla said.
However, the Centre downplayed Aamir’s security being nixed and said that such a call had been made only after a thorough assessment.
“Agencies who work in the field of security make such calls only after a thorough assessment. This is a common process of theirs to decide which actor or politician needs what level of security,” Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.