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Centre says BJP MLAs under threat in Bengal, provides special security

Centre says BJP MLAs under threat in Bengal, provides special security

New Delhi: The 77 newly-elected BJP MLAs in West Bengal were put under the watch of central security forces citing potential threats on them, stated official sources. On Monday, they said that the MLAs would be provided security with armed commandos of the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) and the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force).

The move was made after the post-poll violence targeting BJP activists in the state, they said. The Union Home Ministry approved the move after acknowledging a report submitted by security agencies and inputs of a high-level team of officers regarding the safety of MLAs in Bengal, the sources added.

They said that 61 MLAs would be put under the lowest "X" category security, and more commandos will be drawn from CISF as per new orders of the MHA. The rest will be under the central security cover or will be under the "Y" category, the next higher to "X". Suvendu Adhikari, the leader of the opposition, is already under the "Z" category of the CRPF, the sources added.

Recently concluded polls in Bengal saw Mamata Banerjee forming the government and witnessed a length of post-poll violence in which BJP activists were reportedly targeted. BJP had won 77 seats in the 294-member house to become the main opposition in the state.

(based on PTI story)

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