The Special Protection Group can offer security service only to serving and retired Prime Ministers of the country Credit: File image

Gangtok: The Special Protection Group (SPG) security provided by the Centre to former Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, as claimed by the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), has turned out to be false, said Sonam Tenzing Bhutia, DIG Range, Sikkim Police, on Thursday.

During a press conference in Gangtok, Bhutia said that the news of arrival of SPG personnel in Sikkim had confused and misled the public. The two brawny men, who were thought to be SPG guards, have left Sikkim now, he added.

“To control the scenario, we had conducted an inquiry and questioned them on Wednesday which revealed that the two men who were imprinted as SPG security guards were actually hired by former CM for Rs 35,000 per month per person. They hailed from Palwa district of Haryana. They had .32 revolvers [with] all-India licences for self-protection purposes and do not belong to any security agencies,” Bhutia said.

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Bhutia further said that anyone is allowed to hire personal security guards, but when it comes to arms, the police intervene for verification. “During this, we came to know the reality of the guards,” he said.

Bhutia also highlighted that the SPG can offer security service only to serving and retired Prime Ministers of the country.

Talking about the safety and security of the former CM, the state government has already deputed two PSOs and a section of IRBn personnel at his residence. “Sikkim is a safe and secure place and both the state government and Sikkim police are giving their best in terms of security,” Bhutia added.

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