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Naxal threat gets Dhoni extra cover

Skipper MS Dhoni will be provided with Z category security as the threat against him has been termed ‘very high’ by an Intelligence Bureau committee and the Jharkhande police, reports Stavan Desai.

cricket Updated: Mar 10, 2008 03:21 IST
Stavan Desai

Team India’s victory Down Under has invited some unexpected threats for skipper Mahendrasingh Dhoni — Maoists in his home state Jharkhand.

The Jharkhand government will provide Dhoni with Z category security as the threat against him was termed ‘very high’ by an Intelligence Bureau committee and the state police.

Jharkhand Director General of Police BD Ram told Hindustan Times: “A high-level committee reviewed the threat perception and it has been decided that his security should be upgraded to Z category.” According to Ram, Dhoni is facing threats from more than one quarter, including the Maoists.

Dhoni’s security was first reviewed last year, after the Indian team won the Twenty20 tournament, said sources. Then, his security was upgraded to Y level.

“There are inputs about Maoists planning to target important personalities in the states where they operate. They took this decision at their annual meeting held in December,” said an official.

According to security protocol established by the Ministry of Home, the Z category — the second highest-level of security provided to individuals — provides for 24-hour security with 22 armed PSOs.

Dhoni is the only cricketer being provided Z category security at present; Sachin Tendulkar was in the Z+ category — the highest level — earlier.