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Security of Mamata Banerjee to be strengthened

Kolkata: With increasing threat perception from Maoists following West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee`s tough stand against them, the administration has decided to step up security at the state secretariat, her residence and convoy. Three metal detectors would be installed at the entrance to the Chief Minister`s Office to keep a tab on the high security zone, secretariat sources said today.

One metal detector would be installed between the CMO and Press Corner and the remaining two near the state Home Secretary`s office. The three metal detectors would be installed next week to keep a tab on those entering the high security zone. Frisking at the VVIP gate at the state secretariat have also been introduced, they said.

Security of the convoy of the chief minister, who does not use an official car and whose car stops at all traffic signals though she is `Z-Plus` category, would be strengthened, the sources said. Security at her residence at Kalighat in south Kolkata where a Maoist surrendered and was arrested yesterday would also be strenghtened, the sources said.

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The Ministry of Home Affairs has also reportedly stressed on the need for stepping up the security of the chief minister by assigning National Security Guard (NSG) commandos. Steps were also being considered to not allow people to come close to the chief minister at any place and at public rallies and meetings.

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