Bihar Police Contradicts RJD's Claim of Having No Security Details

Lalu-Rabri's residence on 10 Circular Road in Patna.

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Patna: Reacting to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders' assertion that the entire security detail of the Rabri Devi residence in Patna was withdrawn by the 'revengeful' Nitish administration, a senior police official in Patna on Wednesday contradicted the allegations saying not only the RJD first family had their security details intact, they had more security personnel at their disposal than the Chief Minister himself.

Patna: Reacting to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders' assertion that the entire security detail of the Rabri Devi residence in Patna was withdrawn by the 'revengeful' Nitish administration, a senior police official in Patna on Wednesday contradicted the allegations saying not only the RJD first family had their security details intact, they had more security personnel at their disposal than the Chief Minister himself.

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP-Headquarters) Sanjiv Kumar Singhal, at a press conference in Patna said that despite the removal of 32 Bihar Military Police (BMP) commandos from Rabri Devi's official residence on 10 Circular Road, there were still 106 security personnel deployed outside the RJD's first family's home.

"As per the Z-Plus security provided by the Center and the Special Security Group (SSG) Act of 2010 in Bihar, the Yadav residence is entitled to 69 security guards. Instead, they still have 106 – 37 more than what they are entitled to. We have removed only those security guards who were personally assigned to Lalu Prasad Yadav who happens to be in jail in Ranchi and does not require these jawans at his home in Patna," Singhal said.

The ADGP further said that while Lalu Prasad Yadav himself has 13 guards from Z-Plus and SSG combined, his wife has been assigned 56 police officials under Z-Plus, SSG, and state police department. Tejaswi Yadav has seven bodyguards and 20 police officials to guard him even though he is entitled to 17 only. His brother Tej Pratap Yadav has been provided with 10 security jawans though he is entitled only to three, he said.

When asked about the alleged return of all security details by all RJD legislators as a sign of protest against the withdrawal of 32 BMP jawans from the Lalu-Rabri residence, Singhal said the Police Headquarters will try to reach them and make them aware of the realities so they are not under any type of misgiving on the issue.

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