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UP CM Yogi Adityanath to get Z-Plus security, with bulletproof car and NSG guards

While the NSG guards the Uttar Pradesh chief minister from close quarters, the state police will have their own security arrangements in place.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2017 00:05 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath speaks at an event held at Maharana Pratap Ground in Gorakhpur.(Deepak Gupta/ HT Photo)

The Centre has decided to upgrade the security of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath to the highest Z-Plus category, with protection detail from the elite National Security Guard (NSG).

“Yogi Adityanath is going to be an NSG protectee. Formal orders are expected soon,” a senior home ministry official said on Friday.

With this, Adityanath will enter an elite club of politicians with just 12 other members.

The NSG specialises in providing security when the protectee is on the move. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi was guarded by the NSG during his stint as Gujarat chief minister.

Besides Adityanath, three other heavyweight politicians from Uttar Pradesh – former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati – also enjoy NSG protection.

VIP security is provided under four categories – Z-Plus, Z, Y and X – in keeping with a threat perception analysis by the Intelligence Bureau. While state governments have their own protectee lists, prime ministers as well as former premiers are guarded by the Special Protection Group.

Before this, Adityanath was guarded by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) – under Y category – as the Lok Sabha member from Gorakhpur.

People protected by the NSG are entitled to a bulletproof car, two escort vehicles and around 40 personnel each. While the NSG guards the chief minister from close quarters, the state police will have their own security arrangements in place under the Z-Plus category.

Though there have been demands for reducing the workload of the NSG, which is essentially a counter-terror and anti-hijacking commando force, the Centre is yet to come up with a credible alternative.

First Published: Mar 31, 2017 19:54 IST