The number of the police personnel protecting our politicians, businessmen and bollywood stars has gone up drastically in the past three years. Find out the statistics with this report. The total number of police personnel deputed for protection and on bandobast during VVIP and VIP visits has reached 8,087 in 2009 from 6,170 in 2008. The number was 2,213 in 2007. On the other hand, the total number of people who are provided protection – categorized and otherwise – has gone up by almost 40%, from 253 in 2007 to 361 in 2009. At present, as many as 111 politicians are given protection engaging 191 police personnel. In 2007, 92 politicians had police cover, while 100 were on the 2008 list. As for others, 49 builders are protected by 71 policemen and 20 film stars have engaged 22 policemen for their security. The number of businessmen who are given protection has gone up to 51 in 2009 from 33 in 2007. It is also reported that the protection given is assessed by two committees – one headed by the chief secretary and the other by the commissioner, state intelligence department – every 6 months.
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