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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar gets Z+ security

The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) has upgraded Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s security to Z plus category.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2018 09:51 IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda inaugurate the Tropical Disease Research Centre in Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences (RMRIMS) Hospital at Agamkuan, in Patna on Friday. (PTI Photo)

The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) has upgraded Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s security to Z plus category.

Currently, Kumar is under Z category security cover and his consent is must for MHA to enhance his security level.

Sources said the Centre was prompted to enhance Kumar’s security after his cavalcade was recently attacked by a stone-pelting mob in Buxar last week in which several security personnel were injured.

On July 27 last year, Kumar was offered Z plus security by the Centre soon after he stepped down as the CM of the Grand Alliance (GA), comprising RJD and Congress, and planned joining hands with BJP to form the next government in the state. But, Kumar turned down the upgraded security cover then.

Sources in the state police said that Z plus security back then had been offered by MHA without any proper “threat analysis” and it was done owing to the soaring political temperature and apprehensions of political backlash.

A senior officer looking after the CM’s security said four personnel of highly trained National Security Guards (NSG) would be deployed around Kumar in addition to the existing personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Director general of police (DGP), Bihar, P K Thakur, however, said the request for the enhanced security had been made with a view to providing adequate security to the CM during his visits to other states.

First Published: Jan 20, 2018 09:50 IST