Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat, has been awarded the top category ‘Z+’ security cover by the central government, with commandos from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) having been tasked with the job.
Officials said, Bhagwat will now be guarded by an armed squad of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) during his stay at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur and when he travels to any place in Maharashtra and across the country.
“He was till now being guarded by units of Maharashtra police and its armed reserve units under the same cover,” a senior official said.
As part of the security cover for the top leader of RSS, the mother organization of the ruling BJP, there will be about 60 commandos round-the-clock to for his security.
The VVIP commando unit of CISF is armed with sophisticated weapons like AK-series rifles and is equipped with the latest gadgets for communication and anti-sabotage tasks.
This unit is also identified as the ‘centre of excellence” for VVIP security in the country.
Sources said the Union Home Ministry recently gave the sanction in this regard, as the decision has been pending for over a year.
A number of other prominent government functionaries and politicians, including BJP President Amit Shah, have also been accorded such security cover by the central government in the recent past.