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The dispute between Kerala and Haryana governments over bearing of the cost of Dera Sacha Sauda head Ram Rahim Singh’s has entered into a climax.
Kerala quashed the request of the Haryana government to bear the cost of providing the spiritual guru with Z+ category security.
Kerala in return has written to Haryana to bear the cost of Rahim’s visit to the state for his business activities. The dispute would likely to intensify and the chance of turning ugly as Rahim visits the state for another time in September 14.
If you read Shahina KK's article in OPEN magazine (June, 2014), you will notice that Kerala policemen on the Godman's security duty had serious beef to deal with:
“They are imposing vegetarianism,” says a local police officer on duty. “We were asked by the Haryana Police not to eat non-vegetarian food while on duty.
We ignored him. Why should we listen to them?” Another police officer claims that Haryana cops also asked them to bow their heads before the guru.
“I don’t understand why all these cops are so docile [before] this man! Isn’t he an accused in criminal cases?” the local cop asks.Well done Kerala Police. I hope you can do more to put an end to VIP culture which usually comes at the expense of ordinary citizens.
In many parts of the country, police security is seen as a status symbol. Often personal security officers (PSOs) are used for non security tasks. To some extent this happens in Kerala too, drivers and PSOs are often mobile phone attendants and personal valets.
There is a need to provide police and special forces security to those under threat, especially if they are government servants and/or if they can't afford private security. If one is well off financially, surely they can pay for their security, either pay the government or hire a private agency.
...and what if you are a man of God and well off enough to engage in real-estate?
Here is a music video to help you think: