Kangana Ranaut has been granted Y-plus category security by the Union home ministry ahead of her Mumbai visit on September 9, said officials, amid an escalating war of words between the actor and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut .
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been asked to take over the actor's security. Officials said the decision was taken after a threat perception was carried out and the Himachal Pradesh government also approached the ministry.
Under the Y-plus category, Kangana will have 10 to 11 armed commandoes guarding her in three shifts, with two or three Personnel Security Officers (PSOs) accompanying her round the clock and one security personnel deployed at her residence.
The verbal duel between the actor and Raut started after her "Mumbai feeling like Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir" comment last Thursday. She had also said that she feared Mumbai Police more than what she has dubbed as 'movie mafia'.
Raut had hit back in Sena's mouthpiece Saamana after that, asking Kangana not to return to Mumbai for criticising Mumbai Police. "This issue concerns the pride of Maharashtra and there will be no compromise on this front. Ranaut needs to apologise for her PoK remarks or she will face the music from our women's wing," he had said in the editorial.
Refusing to back down, Kangana had said she will return to Mumbai on September 9 and said Raut is 'not Maharashtra'. "Your people are threatening me, still I'll come to Mumbai on September 9," she said in a video message on Sunday. "Mr Sanjay Raut, you called me 'haramkhor ladki'. You know how many girls are raped every day in the country, how many of them are tortured and killed - sometimes by their own husbands. And you know who is responsible for all this? It is this mindset which you very shamelessly displayed in front of the entire country. The daughters of this country will never forgive you," the actor had said.
She is at her family home in Himachal Pradesh's Manali. On Sunday, the actor's father had written to the Himachal Pradesh government, requesting security for her.
"Kangana Ranaut's father has given in writing asking for police protection. I also spoke to her sister yesterday. The Director-General of Police has been directed in this regard and she will be provided security here. We are discussing what can be done to provide security to her outside the state as she is leaving for Mumbai on September 9," chief minister Jai Ram Thakur had said.