News anchor Arnab Goswami will be provided “Y” category security cover by the Centre, who believes that he faces threats from “Pakistan-based terrorist groups”, the Hindustan Times has reported. Twenty guards. Including two personal security officers, will protect the Times Now journalist round-the-clock, it says.
A Union Home Ministry official told the paper: “Goswami is being given security on the basis of a threat-perception analysis by the IB. We will go by the IB recommendation. He faces threats from Pakistan-based terrorist groups due to his comments against them on Times Now.” He said the central government is likely to ask the Maharashtra government to oversee the journalist’s security arrangements because he is based out of Mumbai.
Goswami has yet to make a public statement about the development. Other journalists who received similar security covers include Zee News’s Sudhir Chaudhary (’X’ category), Samachar Plus’s Umesh Kumar (’Y’ category) and Ashwini Kumar Chopra (’Z Plus’ category).