Centre deploys para military security cover for Bengal Governor
Kolkata,12 November (HS):Rejecting the West Bengal government's request to the Union Home ministry for reconsidering its decision to deploy Central Para military forces for the security of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar in place of the Kolkata police and increase his Security cover to the highest 'Z Plus' category,a team of CRPF personnel was today deployed at the Raj Bhavan here today.
Accordingly, both at Raj Bhavan,the official residence of the Governor,and during his visit to any outside programme, Governor Dhankar would now be guarded and escorted round the clock by a team of a ten member armed central forces only,Official sources informed here today.
According to them,a six member armed CRPF jawans would now travel along with the Governor in a separate car all across the state and even outside,while the other four members of the team would be stationed at Raj Bhavan 24X7 to ensure maximum protection to the Constitutional head of the state.
They would replace the Kolkata Police personnel who till yesterday used to look after the Z security of the Governor.
It may be recalled that in a letter to the Union Home ministry last month the state authorities had requested the Centre to withdraw it decision of deploying only Central Para Military forces for the security of the Governor and said the state police was 'quite capable of ensuring a fool proof security of the Governor ',as was done in case of every other constitutional head of the state earlier.
Seeking to know why such an important decision was taken by the Union Home ministry unilaterally and without consulting the state government, as per law,the state government claimed that it was the duty of every state government to provide full security of the Governor and accordingly the 'Z' category security was provided to Governor Dhankar.
Earlier,the Governor in a communication to the Union Home ministry had sought deployment of Central forces for his security after the incident at Jadavpur University on 17 September when he went there to rescue Union minister of state for Environment Babul Supriya during a students' agitation which took an ugly turn.
But Governor Dhankar's decision created a huge political storm in the state both in favour and against the Centre's unilateral stand about his increased security.
Though all state BJP leaders including state Party Chief Dilip Ghosh welcomed the Central decision and said 'we are thankful to the Union government for deciding to improve the security of the Governor with Central Para Military forces instead of the state police', several ministers of the ruling Trinamool Congress like state Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee thought otherwise and blamed the Centre for allegedly and unnecessarily intervening in the state affairs.