Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra on Saturday shot off a letter to the Delhi Police requesting to withdraw the armed safety officers deputed outdoors her residence.
Pointing out that she had by no means requested for any safety, Moitra stated it appeared like she was “under some sort of surveillance”.
“The conduct of these armed officers indicate that they are making notes of my movements to and from my residence, it appears to me that I am under some sort of surveillance,” the TMC MP stated within the letter addressed to the station home officer (SHO), Police Station Barakhamba Road. The letter was marked to Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava.
“This is to inform you that SHO, Police Station Barakhamba Road, had come to meet at my residence yesterday (i.e. 12th February, 2021) around 1830 hours, and shortly thereafter, around 2200 hours, 3 BSF (Border Security Force) officers armed with assault rifles and been deputed outside my residence,” she stated.
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) February 13, 2021
The Krishnanagar MP additionally reminded the SHO that the proper to privateness is a basic proper assured to her too, simply as another citizen of the nation, underneath the Constitution of India, 1950.
“Upon making inquiries, I was informed that the armed officers had been deputed from Police Station Barakhamba Road for my protection, however, I being an ordinary citizen of this country, did neither ask nor want any such protection,” she wrote, asking him to withdraw the identical.
While speaking to media outdoors Lok Sabha, Moitra identified that as an alternative of simply defending her, the armed forces ought to defend each citizen. “Don’t waste resources on protecting just me, protect everybody. I don’t need anything special, I don’t take security. If you’re surveilling me, ask me and I’ll tell you. Indian democracy is already under threat, don’t make us feel like we’re living in Russian Gulag,” information company ANI quoted her as saying.