Updated: May 22, 2021 5:11:31 pm
After providing protection to all elected representatives of the BJP in West Bengal, Centre has now provided security cover to family members of Suvendu Adhikari, the leader of opposition in state assembly. Sources said Adhikari’s father Sisir Kumar Adhikari and brother Dibyendu Adhikari have been provided Y-plus category security of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Suvendu Adhikari himself enjoys Z-category security of the CRPF.
“Owing to intelligence inputs of threat to Adhikari’s brother and father, the home ministry has accorded central security to them. Both elected representatives. The orders were issued on Friday,” a home ministry official said.
Sisir and Dibyendu, sources said, will be protected by two security personnel at all times whenever mobile apart from some personnel to guard them at their residence. Sources said in all it could involve around 10-11 personnel taking into account rotation of the personnel.
While Sisir Adhikari is a BJP MP from Kanthi Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal, Dibyendu is a TMC MP of Tamluk constituency.
Early this month, in an unprecedented move, the Centre had accorded personal security to all 77 BJP MLAs in West Bengal following a blanket assessment of threat to the party’s elected representatives. While 16 of these MLAs were enjoying various levels of central security even before the Assembly elections, 61 were accorded X-category security of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on May 10.
The X-category security entails one gunman providing security to the protectee round the clock and may involve three-four security personnel on rotation.
Sources said the security had been provided based on threat assessment by central intelligence agencies which had provided inputs on threat to the life of BJP MLAs in West Bengal. Sources said the assessment had been made on the basis of general threat to BJP MLAs given the violence witnessed in the state since TMC’s thumping victory in the elections.
Earlier, the MHA had constituted a team of bureaucrats under Additional Secretary Govind Mohan to go on a fact-finding mission to West Bengal in the wake of the violence that has claimed at least 14 lives since TMC’s win in Assembly polls on May 2.
The developments have come amid allegations from the BJP that its offices and workers have been specifically targeted by the TMC after poll results were announced. The Centre has since mounted tremendous pressure on the state government to stem the violence with MHA repeatedly asking for a report and sending a special team. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her part has transferred at least 30 officers, including the state police chief, for their failure to appropriately respond to the law and order situation in the state.
Notably, even before the polls began, Centre had started providing central security to several BJP leaders. More than 80 BJP leaders, some of who have gone on to win polls, had been provided central security cover in the run up to polls.
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