The central government has upgraded the security cover of Assam Chief Minister – Himanta Biswa Sarma from the ‘Z’ category cover in the North-Eastern region to the ‘Z+’ category on an all-India basis.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) the security arrangement for Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma was reviewed “in consultation with the Central Security Agency”. Sarma will be granted the armed escort on an all-India basis and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)s VIP security commando unit will render the task.
“It has been decided to upgrade his present ‘Z’ category CRPF security cover in North East region to Z+ category on all India basis,” the statement further reads.
As per ANI report, over 50 commandos would accompany the Assam CM whenever he travels anywhere within the country.
Its worthy to note that ‘Z+’ category is the second-highest level of security protection. This security coverage incorporates of a 55-person workforce. Each commando under the category has received expert martial arts and unarmed combat training.
Sarma was accorded a ‘Z’ category security cover by the CRPF in 2017. Under earlier security arrangements, the ‘Z’ category security was being provided to Sarma within the state.