Bhubaneswar: Orissa police will augment
the security of VVIPs, including MLAs and MPs in the wake of the killling of BJD legislator Jagabandhu Majhi allegedly by Maoists last month.
"We will maximise the security of VVIPs due to threat
perception on their lives. We had a detailed discussion on
security arrangement for MLAs and MPs," Director General of
Police(DGP) Manmohan Praharaj told reporters after the state
level security committee (SLSC) meeting here today.
A large number of MLAs and MPs hailing from Left Wing
Extremist(LWE)-affected districts have sought special security
arrangement for them after the killing of wheel chair-bound
Majhi in Nawrangpur district.
Mayurbhanj MP Laxman Tudu has urged the government to
enhance his security. "Though the police have provided two
personal security officers (PSOs) I don`t feel secure at my
house in Mayurbhanj, which is located at a place close to West
Bengal and Jharkhand border."
While MPs and MLAs from 19 LWE-hit districts are
demanding security since Majhi`s killing, at least 43 MLAs and
12 MPs were yet to be provided with a PSO, home deaprtment
Of the 90 MLAs hailing from LWEs-hit districts, only
45 are provided with security, the sources said adding two
MLAs from worst affected Malkangiri district are yet to be
given security cover by the state.
Congress MLA from Chitrakonda Mamata Madhi, who had
often spoken against Maoists in the assembly, has not been
given security. Similar is the case of Mukund Sodi, MLA from
Malkangiri assembly segment.
"The SLSC has made certain recommendations. The state
government will take a final decision on providing security
for MLAs and MPs," home secretary M S Padhi said.
Finance Minister Prafulla Ghadai is the lone minister
provided with Z category security in view of threat to his