Question marks over observation of security blue-book

Bhubaneswar: The sensational abduction of Laxmipur BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka has once again raised question marks over the observation of security guidelines by peoples` representatives prepared by the Home Department after the kidnapping of former Malkangiri collector R Vineel Krishna by the Maoists over a year ago. The issue was even raised after the killing of former Umerkote MLA Jagabandhu Majhi.

The Home Department guideline states that the security arrangements for the MLAs and MPs would be made according to the blue-book and the peoples` representatives have to seek prior permission of district SPs for attending public meetings. And special security arrangements apart, pro-active security plans should be drawn to meet emergent situations at the place of public meetings.

According to the blue-book, the MLAs and MPs from naxal affected areas should be provided with two Personal Security Officers (PSOs) while one PSO should accompany the representatives while touring remote areas. The representatives should take precautionary measures like avoiding use of red lights atop vehicles, flags and pilot vehicles while touring Maoist infested areas and the route of the visits must be drawn in consultation with the SPs which should be kept secret from public knowledge. The blue-book advises the MPs and MLAs not to halt vehicles at any other place other than prefixed places.

The MLAs and MPs should not travel in the night time and avoid tours between sunset to sunrise. The guidelines state that in case of any emergency the PSOs must immediately contact the nearest police station or the district SP.

The kidnapping of the Laxmipur MLA by the left wing extremists has once again brought to the fore the million dollar question: Do the peoples` representatives follow the security guidelines prepared for their own safety and security?