Published On: Sun, Apr 23rd, 2017

Security cover for Mulayam, Maya, Akhilesh reduced

Lucknow: With red beacon atop VIP vehicles a thing of the past, the state government under chief minister Yogi Adityanath moved a step further and decided to take away or downgrade security cover of several leaders, including former chief ministers Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati and also Akhilesh’s wife Dimple Yadav and his uncles Ram Gopal Yadav and Shivpal Yadav.

The order came into effect from Saturday night

Also the Samajwadi Party Muslim face and former minister in previous SP government, Azam Khan.

If the security cover of some leaders has been downgraded, there were a few whose security has been upgraded after a fresh review. This included senior BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, who will now been extended Z category security.

The aforementioned decision was taken late on Saturday following a meeting of security committee comprising principal secretary (home), ADG Intelligence and ADG (security) with newly-appointed DGP Sulkhan Singh.

The order came into effect from Saturday night.

So far, as many as 151 VIPs were enjoying graded security and while the cover has been totally withdrawn from 105 of them, it has been downgraded in the case of 46 individuals.

Among those whose security cover has been withdrawn includes BSP leader SC Mishra. He was extended security cover by both the state and Centre as well.

Former state chief secretary Alok Ranjan too stands to lose his security .

It may be mentioned here that besides red becon, security cover is also viewed as staus symbol and a hint to this effect was given by none else than the chief minister himself in a recent official meeting.

Yogi Aditya Nath is of firm view that security personnel should be deployed to take care of the common man and not VIPs.

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