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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

New Delhi: The Centre has upgraded West Bengal's BJP in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya's security to 'Z Plus' category from 'Z' after four days of an attack on the convoy of BJP national President JP Nadda and Vijayvargiya in South 24-Parganas district of the State.

Vijayvargiya enjoys 'Z' category security by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) since February 2019. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader has been made incharge of BJP affairs in West Bengal which will go to Assembly polls in the first half of 2021.

A Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) order said Vijayvargiya will be accorded 'Z+' security only in West Bengal, and a bulletproof car put at his disposal during his visits to sensitive areas for campaigning and other political activities in West Bengal ahead of the Assembly elections.

The CISF commandos will continue to provide security to the BJP leader under the upgraded security arrangements. Nearly 70 CISF commandos will be deployed for security to the BJP leader around the clock, apart from two Personal Security Officers during his travel and stay in West Bengal.

The leader's security will be in the 'Z' category in other states -- more than 35 security personnel apart from one PSO.

The move comes after Nadda's convoy was pelted with stones while he and Vijayvargiya were on way to Diamond Harbour to meet party workers on December 10.

The bullet-proof vehicle in which Nadda was travelling was alleged to have been attacked by Trinamool Congress-backed hooligans.

Apart from Nadda, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, national vice-president Mukul Roy, national spokesperson Sambit Patra and party leader Anupam Hazra’s vehicles were also attacked by irate alleged Trinamool supporters, armed with party’s flags.

The windshields of cars of Nadda’s convoy was damaged as the miscreants launched a violent attack by hurling, bricks, iron rod and glass bottles.

(With Agency Inputs)

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