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   An intelligence officer was telling me about the fresh steps... (June 10, 1986)

An intelligence officer was telling me about the fresh steps being taken to beef up the prime minister's security.

He looked under a bush, examined a tree, shaking it with his hands, then said: "We are suspending the director of the CBI with immediate effect, the deputy director will be the acting director and the additional director the acting deputy director until further orders. That should tighten up things."

"No doubt," I said.

The officer climbed up a canopy, came down swiping at wasps with his hands, then said: "Three men from the Special Protection Group, what we refer to as the SPG, are being transferred back to the Delhi Security Police, and two men from the Delhi Police are being sent for training for the SPG. They will be given grey safari suits to wear."

"That's nice," I said.

The officer stopped a passerby and examined his bag, searched him with a metal-detector, then said: "The CBI and the Intelligence Bureau have been asked to work together as far as the prime minister's security is concerned, one of them will do the work and the other will take the blame if anything goes wrong. That is the only way to maintain tight security."

"I suppose so," I said.

The officer blew his whistle and made three persons, standing around, move on, then said: "A lot of heads are going to roll in the Delhi Police, including some very senior heads, their position are to be filled by the BSF personnel, to be appointed by the Intelligence Bureau in consultation with RAW."

"You security people do not leave a stone unturned," I said.

"We are trained not to," the officer said, turning some stones and looking under then for spent cartridges. "The commandant of the Special Protection Group is being replaced by his deputy, who was so far in charge of the three-month training of the Special Protection Group. The additional commandant, whose services had been lent to the CBI, is to be put in charge of the deputy commandant's post of training. You are aware how we continuously train our Black Casts in the use of the latest and most modern sophisticated firearms, we are also now going to train them in how to counter an attack by a man with a countrymade firearm."

"That should make the prime minister's security absolutely pucca," I said.

"Well yes," said the officer. "But only after we put the CBI in charge of the inner circle security and the Special Protection Group in charge of the outer cricle. After suspending the three seniormost officers of the CBI, of course."

"Of course." I said. And, as I was leaving, I saw the officer practising how to drop on the ground to avoid the assassins' bullets like Mr. Julio Ribeiro.

 
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