The Centre has withdrawn the paramilitary security cover to Amar Singh, newly-elected Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh, while asking the state government for a fresh threat assessment.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the home ministry after which armed commandos of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) deployed with Singh for long, were withdrawn earlier this week, official sources said.
The sources said the decision was taken based on a threat analysis report prepared by central security agencies.
The Uttar Pradesh government had been asked to make a fresh threat assessment of Singh and provide state security, if need be.
Singh was recently elected as a Rajya Sabha member from Samajwadi Party.
The CISF was entrusted with Singh’s security after changing his protection category a few times. He was last enjoying the ‘X’ category central security cover which has about 10 armed commandos, out of which two accompany the protectee round-the-clock.
CISF has an exclusive unit called Special Security Group to provide VIP and VVIP cover to eminent personalities.