Kerala BJP alleges rise in attack on cadres; Centre gives VIP security to leaders
BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, former state president PK Krishnadas, general secretaries MT Ramesh and K Surendran were granted �Y� category security by the Home Ministry a fortnight ago
The Centre has granted VIP security cover to four BJP leaders from Kerala, in response to the state party unit’s allegation that there has been a spate of attacks on its cadres and RSS workers after the CPM-led government came to power.
BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, former state president PK Krishnadas, general secretaries MT Ramesh and K Surendran were granted ‘Y’ category security by the Home Ministry a fortnight ago.
This means around 12 personnel will give them proximity security cover, The Hindu reported.
The CRPF has been asked to take up the security detail, the Home Ministry official said.
There are two committees which decide the allocation of a security category: the Protection Review Group and the Security Categorisation Committee, both headed by the Union Home Secretary and including Intelligence Bureau officials. Around 300 individuals are given security cover by central security forces, which include CRPF, CISF, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Border Security Force (BSF).
“We grant security on the basis of the assessment done by the intelligence agencies. Their ground reports suggested that the four BJP persons required protection,” a Home Ministry official said according to The Hindu report.
In December 2016, four RSS functionaries in Punjab were also accorded central security cover. Punjab goes to the polls on February 4.