The Ministry of Home Affairs has withdrawn the ‘Z’ category security cover of Mukul Roy, who recently re-joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) after a brief stint with the BJP, government sources told news agency ANI on Thursday.
As per the sources, the order to withdraw the security was issued yesterday. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is in the process of withdrawing the security, they added.
Mukul Roy had last week joined West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC along with his son Subhrangshu in Kolkata.
He had quit the TMC after being removed from the post of the party's national general secretary. He had joined the BJP in November 2017 and was made the party's national vice president.
Soon after, he was accorded a low category Y+ central security cover of the central paramilitary CRPF which was upgraded to the second top-level of Z just before the assembly polls in the state that were held in March-April this year.
He had a contingent of about 22-24 armed CRPF commandos who used to move with him every time he travelled in West Bengal. The father-son are now being provided security by the state police.
BJP's national vice-president Mukul Roy went back to the TMC a few days ago. Following his homecoming, many other TMC defectors to the saffron party seeing the overwhelming victory of the Mamata Banerjee's party in the state polls are working for similar return to the parent party.
The TMC has recently moved Lok Sabha seeking disqualification of Sisir Adhikari and Sunil Mondal, who were elected MPs on TMC ticket but joined the BJP just ahead of the assembly polls.
While Sisir Adhikari had won from Kanthi Lok Sabha seat in Bengal, Mondal was re-elected from Bardhaman Purba Parliamentary constituency.
(With inputs from PTI)