- BJP leaders Kummanam Rajasekharan, P K Krishnadas, K Surendran nd M T Ramesh will get VIP cover
- 12 CRPF personnel will provide round the clock security cover to leaders
- BJP had alleged that there were more than 400 attacks against party workers after CPM-led government came to power in Kerala
Based on an intelligence report by state police, the Central Government has granted 'Y' category security cover to four BJP leaders in Kerala. Party state unit too had alleged that there had been a spate of attack on its workers after LDF government assumed office in may.
The Home Ministry granted VIP cover to BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, former president P K Krishnadas, general secretaries K Surendran nd M T Ramesh. However, the state government will have to bear the expenses.
A team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had visited the homes of these party leaders and state BJP office on December 10. With the 'Y' category protection, around 12 CRPF personnel will provide proximity security cover to these leaders from now on.
"We had time and again informed Kerala government about the threats we have been receiving. It is for the Kerala police to provide security to state leaders. The recent report of police intelligence team also confirmed that our lives are under threat," Kummanam said.
BJP had alleged that there were more than 400 attacks on its activists in the state after CPM-led LDG government came to power in May 2016. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also raised concern over the issue at BJP national meet held at Kozhikode.
The latest incident of political violence was reported from Kanjikkode in Palakkad. Two persons, Vimala, 46, wife of BJP leader Kannan and his brother in law Radhakrishnan died after CPM workers allegedly set ablaze the vehicles parked outside their house. The fire spread causing the gas cylinder in the kitchen to explode. The incident took place on December 28, and Radhakrishnan succumbed to his injuries on January 6 while Vimala died on January 16.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:34 PM IST