The government has decided to provide round-the-clock personal security to senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) office-bearer Indresh Kumar, who was once probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with a clutch of Hindu terror cases, sources said on Wednesday.
Kumar is the face of RSS’s minority outreach through outfits like Muslim Rashtriya Manch and is the latest in a string of people connected to the saffron camp who have been given central protection in recent months.
“Indresh Kumar has been given X-category security under which he will get one personal security officer (PSO) from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to guard him round-the-clock,” said a source. X is the lowest category of central protection.
The NIA probed Kumar’s role in several cases, including the twin Malegaon blasts in 2006 and 2008, the Samjhauta Express blast in 2007 and the Ajmer Sharif blasts in 2007, but didn’t find any evidence to formally charge him as an accused.
The CISF, a paramilitary force under the home ministry, guards more than 50 protectees, including RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as well. Bhagwat is a Z-Plus category protectee, the highest category of security gradation. Kumar was not immediately available for comments.
At present, there are more than 250 protectees who are guarded by the central forces under various categories.
In the highest Z-Plus category, a protectee is guarded by two PSOs and around half-a-dozen men in two escort vehicles when he or she is on the move.
Besides, the residence of the protectee is also guarded by around 10 personnel.
Then, there’s the Z category, under which a protectee gets a detail of seven guards when on the move and also more than half-a-dozen guards at the residence.
After that, the Y category entitles a protectee to two PSOs and at least five guards at home.
The lowest X category protectee gets one PSO round-the-clock.