The state government has decided to withdraw police cover of MLAs Kshitij Thakur and Ram Kadam suspended till the end of the year after the assault on assistant police inspector (traffic) Sachin Suryavanshi.
Home ministry officials said,Top police officers periodically review security requirements of all those who get security at government cost. In case of Thakur and Kadam,the decision to withdraw security was taken after their suspension from the Assembly.
Home officials refused to comment whether their security would be reinstated if their suspension order is revoked. Senior home department official said,It is all hypothetical. Every decision is taken based on the situation and ground reality.
While Kadam had four police personnel to look after his security,Thakur moved around with two policemen. The home minister has been under pressure to downsize security cover given to elected representatives and VVIPs.
Home ministry statistics reveal a shortage of 40,000 police personal across Maharashtra. The state plans to fill this number through recruitment in the next four years.
According to home officials,there are some MLAs and ministers who insist on higher security as a status symbol. But there are others who have willingly come forward to deny security cover,including Leader of the Opposition in Legislative Council,Vinod Tawde.