A month after the government decided to withdraw the police protection of some Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Opposition the home minister on Tuesday gave an assurance that the security cover of all MLAs, who were under threat, will be restored.
The police protection given to some MLAs was withdrawn because they were allegedly involved in a violent agitation against Shah Rukh Khan-starrer, My Name is Khan, in February. Members of the Council had raised the issue on Tuesday.
“The government decided to take away protection only when we realised that the elected representatives were indulging in illegal activities in the presence of their police escorts,” Home Minister, R.R. Patil, said in the Legislative Council on Tuesday. “However, we will evaluate the threat perception of each of these MLAs and restore security on a case-by-case basis.”
Patil also took a swipe at Samajwadi Party MLA, Abu Asim Azmi, without naming him saying certain elected representatives allegedly met terror suspects even as they had police protection.