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ISRO chief given Z category security

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman G Madhavan Nair and six other prominent space scientists have been provided with security cover following threat to their lives after a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant claimed that plans were being hatched to kidnap or assassinate them.

delhi Updated: Apr 05, 2009 17:48 IST

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman G Madhavan Nair and six other prominent space scientists have been provided with security cover following threat to their lives after a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant claimed that plans were being hatched to kidnap or assassinate them.

Sources in the Union Home Ministry said 65-year-old Nair, who is also Secretary, Department of Space, had been provided with "Z" category security while the other six scietists associated with the satellite and rocket divisions were given "Y" category security.

The move comes in the wake of interrogation of Furfur Nawaz alias Shabaz Nawaz, a Lashkar militant, recently deported from a Gulf country. He told the interrogators that Lashker had made plans to either kidnap or assassinate some of the prominent scientists including Nair, the sources said.

Under the Z category, Nair, a recipient of country's second highest civilian award -- Padma Vibushan -- will have an escort and guards round-the-clock.

The other scientists will have a Personal Security Officer and two guards each. When contacted over phone, Director (Public Relations) of ISRO S Satish said that the organisation had received an alert from Union Home Ministry following which the security was reviewed and necessary measures were taken.

The security of the campus and some of the prominent scientists was reviewed, he said, without divulging any of the names.