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Lalu’s security withdrawn
Ambarish Dutta
Tribune News Service

Patna, November 3
The Nitish government today decided to withdraw the special security provided by it to the union railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav as former chief minister.

Describing it as a purely administrative move, sources in the special branch claimed that the decision was guided by the widely condemned assault on three journalists by some official bodyguards of the ruling JD(U) MLA Anant Singh, besides the alleged involvement of the MLA himself in the unlawful act, on Thursday only to facilitate review and related change in VIP security provided by the state government in every three months.

Singh will be behind the bars till November 13 following his judicial custody. The Nitish government has also initiated actions against the official bodyguards, including Bihar Military Police(BMP) jawans, deployed for the security for this "bahubali" MLA.

On his part, Lalu too did not dispute the said decision."It is up to the state government to decide", he said while talking to mediapersons at his residence today.

Lalu, however, questioned the reasons behind providing "VIP" security to a history-sheeter like Anant Singh by Nitish government. "Why BMP jawans were posted as Singh’s bodyguard", Lalu remarked taking a dig at the alleged cosy relations between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the "bahubali" MLA.

The decision to withdraw special security for the RJD supremo, however, means that Lalu would lose nearly 35 extra personnel and six vehicles hitherto provided by the state government.

But despite the withdrawal of the special security by the state government Lalu would continue to have Z-plus category security."We will obviously provide the designated security meant for any central minister visiting the state. But no special security for Lalu any more", sources in special branch explained.

Under the Z-plus category Lalu would continue to have NSG commandos and personnel of the CRPF for his security.

It was further learnt that Lalu had been enjoying special security following the Bihar Special Security Group Act that was passed during the RJD rule only in 2000 headed by his wife Rabri Devi.



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