A pilot car, a police mobile van, plain clothes security personnel, two cars for security officers, additional commando cover, vehicle for the commandos, two reserve police personnel, one vehicle for personal security officers and in all 36 personnel guarding one person after he was slapped.
The opposition in West Bengal calls, Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee the Prince and now a top official in the state has confirmed that his security cover is being upgraded from Z to Z plus following the slap incident.
Security enhancement was needed
Following the incident in which Banerjee was slapped, the police decided that it was time to increase his security cover. Banerjee has been enjoying Z category security which entitled him to cover by 22 personnel.
However with the police deciding that the threat perception has increased following the slap, he will now be entitled for Z plus security which entitles him for a cover of 36 personnel including commandos.
In a group of the elite
The Diamond Harbour MP, now joins the likes of Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister and Kesri Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal. The governor and the Chief Minister were automatically entitled for a Z plus cover due to their positions.
However it is quite rare that an MP is given that sort of cover. The Home Ministry which takes a call on this issue feels that unless the threat perception especially from anti nationals is so high will Z plus security be accorded.
After Banerjee was slapped by a youth who is currently battling for life in a hospital, a review meeting comprising the Chief Minister cum Home Minister in the presence of top police officials was held. It was decided that the threat perception is extremely high and it was necessary to enhance his security.
State will pay
For the TMC enhancing security to Z plus ideally given to those facing threat from terrorist groups is only natural. Subrata Mukherjee who had controversially remarked that the slapper was still alive felt that there was no wrong in enhancing security.
He is a young leader who faces a threat and the government has the right to take such a decision, he said.