The state government has decided to review chief minister Narendra Modi’s security arrangements in view of Sunday’s serial blasts in Patna, which coincided with the political rally of the chief minister, senior officials in the government said.
“The existing security for the CM is sufficient when he is in Gujarat, but more measures need to be implemented to further strengthen his security when he is traveling to other places,” said a government official, who also stressed on the need for better co-ordination between Gujarat police and those of other states during the CM’s visits.
Modi currently enjoys Z+ security and also has a group of NSG commandos guarding him. His security was further enhanced after he was named the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in September. In the wake of the Patna blasts, there have been demands from the BJP to provide him SPG (Special Protection Group) cover.
Another senior official said that advance security liaison, anti sabotage check and full dress rehearsal need to be thoroughly undertaken jointly by Gujarat police and cops in other states ahead of and during BJP’s prime ministerial candidate’s visits.
Apart from the joint exercises, the state government has also demanded installation of jammers and a bulletproof car wherever the CM travels, looking at the high threat perception to him.
“These are the minimum requirements. Central government guidelines clearly state that it is the responsibility of the police of the state where the CM is traveling to meet these requirements,” SK Nanda, additional chief secretary of home department, said.
The state home department had recently written to the central government seeking better security arrangements for Modi during his travels.
Post Patna blasts, officials of the state govt feel that while the CM's security is adequate when he is in Gujarat, he needs more protection when travelling.