The West Bengal government has decided to raise the security cover of former Indian cricket team captain and ex-BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to Z category, a senior official said.
The decision was made on Tuesday after the expiration of the Y-category term of office granted to Mr Ganguly.
“When the security coverage of the VVIP expired, a review was carried out as per the protocol and it was decided to raise Ganguly’s security cordon to category Z,” he said.
Under the new security arrangement, the former cricketer will have 8 to 10 police officers guarding him, the official said.
Under Y-category security coverage, Mr. Ganguly had a habit of getting three Special Branch police officers in his cordon and an equal number of law enforcement officers guarding his residence in Behala.
On Tuesday, representatives of the state secretariat reached Mr Ganguly’s office in Behala where they met with officers from the Kolkata Lalbazar Police Station and the local police station, he added.
“Mr. Ganguly is currently traveling with his team Delhi Daredevils and will return to Kolkata on May 21. From that day on, he will receive Z category protection,” the official said.
In West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Governor CV Ananda Bose and Trinamool Congress MP and National Secretary Abhishek Banerjee are given Z Plus security, while ministers like Firhad Hakim and Moloy Ghatak have been given Z security.
BJP West Bengal President Sukanta Majumdar also gets Z Plus protection along with CISF protection.
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