BJP leader Mukul Roy after joining TMC in Kolkata. (PTI)
NEW DELHI: The home ministry is likely to accept the reported request of West Bengal politician Mukul Roy, who left the BJP to return to Trinamool Congress on Friday, to withdraw his Central security cover manned by the CRPF.
Sources in the government indicated that the security cover was extended to Roy given the alleged threat he faced in TMC-ruled West Bengal following his defection to the BJP in 2017, and now that he had returned to his original party, the threat could be presumed to no longer exist.
Roy, as per ANI, has written to the home ministry seeking withdrawal of his ‘Z’ category security. He was accorded ‘Y-plus’ protection by the CRPF in West Bengal soon after he joined the BJP in 2017. This was further upgraded to ‘Z’ level during the recent assembly polls in the state.
A Central government source told TOI that Roy had cited threats he faced in West Bengal because of his exit from Trinamool Congress to join BJP, to seek security cover from the MHA in 2017. The source said that since he had now returned to the Trinamool after quitting BJP, it could be assumed that the threat was no longer valid. “Also, since he has himself asked for his Central security cover to be withdrawn, it may be accepted by MHA,” said an official.
Roy, in all likelihood, will be granted the same level of security by the Mamata Banerjee government even if his CRPF cover is discontinued.