Times Now Arnab Goswami. Pic/YouTube
The editor-in-chief of news channel Times Now Arnab Goswami will be provided 'Y' category security cover by the government over a threat from "Pakistan-based terrorist groups."
Under the 'Y' category cover, Goswami will get round-the-clock protection from around 20 guards, including two personal security officers for close proximity security.
There are two types of protection provided by the government — positional and threat-based.
The journalist, who is known for his prime time news-hour debates, has been very vocal against terrorists organisations and Pakistan since Uri terror attacks on 18th September in which 19 army soldiers lost their lives. Goswami, who is based out of Mumbai, has not yet commented on the development. His security is likely to be looked after by the Maharashtra government.
The home ministry is likely to ask the Maharashtra police to handle Goswami’s security as he is based in Mumbai.
Apart from Arnab Goswami, other journalists who receive similar covers include Zee News's Sudhir Chaudhary ('X' category), Samachar Plus's Umesh Kumar ('Y' category) and Ashwini Kumar Chopra ('Z Plus' category).
Here's what Twitter had to say about it!
My Reaction When I Heard About "Threat to Arnab"...— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) October 17, 2016
Don't Worry Arnab, We're Always With U, We'll Always Be With U.pic.twitter.com/LntcmOAtEt
Threat to Arnab .. this is how he should protect himself.. pic.twitter.com/AP4UhirAM9— .... (@drsaem) October 17, 2016
After Arnab Goswami gets Y-category security, Barkha Dutt demands Z+ security. Nawaz Sharif refuses.— Surgical Maithun (@Being_Humor) October 17, 2016
Has Arnab Goswami been given security for self-aggrandisement, as a reward for loyally doing PR for Modi govt, or was there genuine threat?— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) October 17, 2016
Arnab Goswami has got Security Cover. Big Deal. Sudhir Chaudhary had bigger security cover - When he was in Tihaá¹ Jail on extortion charges— Joy (@Joydas) October 16, 2016
I hope Arnab Goswami's bodyguards are well-protected as they guard India's main weapon. They deserve industry-strength ear-plugs.— Salil Tripathi (@saliltripathi) October 16, 2016
Threat to Arnab...— Vaishuâ¤ #AskRohit â (@vaishali_45) October 17, 2016
Hence proved, he is doing something good to the nation...
If traitors and pakis are rattled by Arnab in such a way that they r issuing Threat to Arnab, imagine the impact of #Namo & his team— Ishan (@TechieGuy_12) October 17, 2016