Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government has restored the escort and pilot vehicles under ‘Y’ category security to union minister V Muraleedharan. The state government faced criticism for omitting the security to the union minister who reached the state on Saturday. As the matter triggered a controversy, the state restored the escort and pilot vehicles to Muraleedharan who is going to Kochi on Sunday.
The union minister landed at Thiruvananthapuram airport on Saturday. But the state government did not provide escort and pilot vehicles on his arrival. Only a gunman was provided.
Irked with denial of ‘Y’ category security, Muraleedharan turned down the gunman in midway. He declared that he is not bothered about the security provided by the state.
The state police used to provide escort and pilot vehicles to the union minister who is entitled to ‘Y’ category security. But when the minister landed at Thiruvananthapuram airport on Saturday noon, no pilot vehicle of Kerala police reached there for him.
The office of the union minister informed that the state police didn’t inform about cancelling the security. The minister’s personal staff dropped off gunman Biju at the bakery junction in protest over the negligence.
The minister’s office and BJP criticised that the state government violated the protocol by not providing 'Y' category security to the minister.
But the sources from the top brass of Kerala police informed that no directions were received to cancel the security to the union minister. Following this, the government restored the security entitled to him.