The state home department has directed the West Bengal Police to restructure the security set-up of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress MP Suvendu Adhikari ahead of the upcoming panchayat elections.
The order comes after the state government informed the state home department that four leaders besides Mamata and Suvendu,TMC MP Sisir Adhikari and former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee are on the hit-list of Maoists.
The state police,in its report that has come in the wake of the massacre of Congress leaders by Maoists in Bastar,Chhattisgarh,has also said that these four should avoid travelling to Left Wing Extremist areas,particularly Junglemahal,without proper security cover.
The police report comes at a time when the union home ministry has sent an advisory to all eight LWE-affected states,including West Bengal,to have adequate security arrangements at political rallies. The union ministry also urged the state to notify a nodal officer for each of such rallies to be held in sensitive areas like the Junglemahal.
Responding to the advisory,the state government today declared Virendra as the nodal officer for such political rallies. Virendra has been in charge of VVIP security for long.