U’khand Cong rebels get se­cu­rity re­served for only Union min­is­ters

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ra­jesh Ahuja ra­jesh.ahuja@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: They may not be MLAs or in power any­more but nine sacked dis­si­dent Congress law­mak­ers in Ut­tarak­hand have been pro­vided Y-cat­e­gory se­cu­rity by the Cen­tre — a priv­i­lege usu­ally re­served for Union min­is­ters and top of­fi­cials.

Un­der this cat­e­gory, a pro­tectee gets around 20 guards at home, work­place, and out­side when he or she is trav­el­ling. This is the third-high­est cat­e­gory of se­cu­rity af­ter ‘Z Plus’ and ‘Z’.

“The Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force, a para­mil­i­tary un­der the home min­istry, has been asked to take over the se­cu­rity of these for­mer MLAs,” said a govern­ment of­fi­cial who didn’t wish to be named.

The CISF is one of the cen­tral forces that pro­vide se­cu­rity to VIPs — around five dozen of them, at present.

“The pro­tectee gets at least two per­sonal se­cu­rity of­fi­cers dur­ing trav­els. Rest of the guards are de­ployed at their home and of­fice.”

The rebels led by for­mer chief min­is­ter Vi­jay Bahuguna were dis­qual­i­fied from the state assem­bly un­der the anti-de­fec­tion law af­ter they re­volted against the Congress govern­ment of Har­ish Rawat. Their re­volt prompted the Cen­tre to bring the hill state un­der Pres­i­dent’s rule on March 27 but Rawat was re­in­stated af­ter he won a Supreme Court­mon­i­tored trust vote on May 10. CON­TIN­UED ON P12

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