State to tell Centre to improve CM’s security in Capital

THE West Bengal government will soon be writing to the Centre seeking to know what steps it will take to improve the security arrangements of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when she will be visiting Delhi next.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: April 11, 2013 4:23 am

THE West Bengal government will soon be writing to the Centre seeking to know what steps it will take to improve the security arrangements of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when she will be visiting Delhi next.

“We are reviewing the entire situation,and we are writing to the Centre on Thursday to ensure that the CM gets maximum protection there,” Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee told The Indian Express.

The Home Secretary and Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Purokayastha met the CM at Belle Vue Clinic where she is admitted and discussed,among other things,the law and order situation of the state.

According to state government officials,they were appalled to see the CM and ministers,especially Amit Mitra,being manhandled at such a high security zone in Delhi. “Delhi Police acted in a most amateurish manner. It did not seem they had somebody to protect who enjoyed Z-plus category security. Had the protesters got some weapons with them it could have been a disaster. The security around the CM in Delhi has to be tightened and more people have to be inducted in the security ring,” a Home Department official said.

According to the officials,few weeks ago when similar protests were organised outside Banga Bhavan — the state government’s guest house in New Delhi — the resident commissioner of West Bengal in Delhi suggested that a contingent of police from the state be posted there. But the Delhi Police turned down the idea citing rules.

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