UP CM Yogi Adityanath gets “Z” category security cover

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NEW DELHI: The newly appointed Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath on Thursday was accorded ‘Z’ category security cover of central paramilitary commandos by the Union Home Ministry.

The UP CM will have a contingent of least two dozen armed commandos of Special Security Group (SSG) and police officers as part of the ‘Z’ plus cover and they will secure him round the clock. Adityanath was till now subjected to the smallest category of ‘Y’ category VVIP cover by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in his capacity as a BJP Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur but officials said with his taking charge as CM, a threat perception report of central security agencies required his security paraphernalia to be upgraded.

“The chief minister’s security has been bolstered and he will now be secured by a strong team of CISF commandos everytime he moves across the country. A similar commando contingent will be deployed at his official residence,” a senior officer said.

As part of the new and upgraded security paraphernalia, Adityanath will have about 25-28 commandos accompanying him with sophisticated weapons at all times he is mobile and his convoy will have pilot and escort vehicles armed with jammers.

Under the ‘Y’ cover, he was accompanied by about 2-3 commandos when he travelled, officials said. A CISF squad from its Special Security Group (SSG) has recently taken charge of his security in Lucknow, they said.

Interestingly, former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav too was provided Z-plus category security soon after he took over as chief minister based on an increased threat perception in October 2012. Akhilesh father and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav also enjoys NSG security cover.

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