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Hardik Patel granted VIP security on threat report by intelligence agencies

Elections in Gujarat will be held on December 9 and 14

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Hardik Patel

A 'Y' category of armed VIP cover has been accorded by the Centre to Gujarat's Patidar leader Patel, official sources on Thursday said.

The Central Industrial Force (CISF) has been entrusted with the task of safeguarding the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader, they said.

"A contingent of armed CISF commandos will take charge of the new protectee very soon. Patel will have about eight commandos with him, whenever he travels in Gujarat," a senior official said.

He said a threat analysis report, prepared by central intelligence and agencies, favoured granting of such a cover to Patel.

There is a potential threat to his security and hence he needs an armed cover, they said.

The CISF has a special VIP security wing and it secures around 60 dignitaries like Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat.

The 24-year-old Patel had on Wednesday declared the support of PAAS for the Congress in the assembly elections next month after the latter accepted its demand for reservation for the Patel community.

Elections in will be held on December 9 and 14.

First Published: Fri, November 24 2017. 08:25 IST