Patna: The central government has decided to provide ‘Y+’ category security to Rashtriya Lok Janata Dal (RLJD) chief Upendra Kushwaha, who on February 20 broke away from Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United to form his new party.
The move comes weeks after the Center decided to increase the security of Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) leader Chirag Paswan and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) leader Mukesh Sahni. The government has already deployed three personal security officers (PSOs) each for both.
Under ‘Y Plus’ security cover, the police have to deploy 11 security personnel including 1 commando and 2 PSOs. Five of the 11 policemen are stationed at the security guard’s house.
Upendra Kushwaha, who was lauded by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for his “courage” in walking out of JD-U and criticizing Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, also started his outreach tour from West Champaran district. The tour, named “Virasat Bachao Naman Yatra”, was planned to cover 28 districts of Bihar and end at Kurtha in Arwal district on March 20.
People aware of the matter told that in view of the possibility of attack on Kushwaha, it was recommended to increase the security. In January, when he was in the JD-U, he had complained that stones were pelted at his convoy when he was returning to Patna.