NSG security for more VIPs; Raman Singh to get 'Z+'
Chief Minister Raman Singh of Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh is among a few more political leaders who are set to get the 'Z+' VIP security cover of elite NSG commandos.india Updated: Feb 06, 2013 20:26 IST
Chief Minister Raman Singh of Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh is among a few more political leaders who are set to get the 'Z+' VIP security cover of elite NSG commandos.
A threat perception analysis and assessment of Singh has already been carried out by the force.
"A fresh demand (for providing security) has come from the CM of Chhattisgarh," NSG chief Arvind Ranjan told reporters on the sidelines of a conference at NSG' garrison in Manesar here.
He was asked if NSG would be adding any new VIP to its existing list of 17 protectees.
The Director General added that formal orders in this regard would be made by the Union Home Ministry.
Singh, who is at present guarded by a special police squad of state police, would be provided round-the-clock mobile security cover by NSG when he moves in the state and outside.
Sources said a squad of roughly 20 commandos could be sent for the task.
The Chief Minister travels to interiors of the state and it was felt that he should be provided proximate and close security which the 'black cats' force specialises in, sources said.
Senior officials added that Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal could also be accorded the same security and a threat analysis report would soon be prepared and subject to it, the 'Z+' cover could be given to him.
Badal's father and Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal already has NSG 'black cats'.
NSG, according to sources, had trained a special team of Punjab police commandos for these VIP security duties last year for three weeks and it was supposed to take over the security of the CM from NSG but it never happened.
Giving a larger role to its women commandos, NSG has sent a special squad to its existing protectee and former Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati and they have started moving along with her as her guard.
A similar squad of women 'black cats' would also be added to the security of yet another 'Z+' protectee and Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was the last VIP to have got the NSG security cover late last year.