Arnab Goswami, Times Now Editor-in-Chief, is set to be provided “Y category” security by the government after he received threats from ‘Pakistan-based terror groups’. Goswami will get round-the-clock protection from 20 guards including two personal security officers, reported Hindustan Times. “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,” a Union Home Ministry official, who did not want to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media, told the Hindustan Times.
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. The Maharashtra police is likely to handle his security since he’s based in Mumbai. Goswami isn’t the only journalist to be provided security cover from the centre. Journalists like Sudhir Chaudhary, Umesh Kumar and Ashwini Chopra also are provided with security.
The government provides security under four categories — ‘Z Plus’ (around 40 guards with two escort vehicles), ‘Z’ (around 30 guards with one escort vehicle), ‘Y’ (around 20 guards) and ‘X’ (four guards).