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Updated: May 26, 2013 19:19 IST

Naxal threat: Raman Singh gets ‘Z+’ NSG cover

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A file photo of Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh. Photo: R.V.Moorthy
A file photo of Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh. Photo: R.V.Moorthy

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has got ’Z plus’ protection with NSG commandos, after the killing of top Congress leaders in the state.

A special squad drawn from the VIP security squad of the Black Cat commandos has recently “taken position” to guard him whenever he is mobile in the State and its capital Raipur, official sources said here on Sunday.

A security assessment and analysis conducted by central security agencies, underlined the need for special armed security for Mr. Singh during his movements, especially during his ’Vikas Yatra’ in the state ahead of Assembly polls.

National Security Guard commandos deployed with Mr. Singh are, however, facing problems in accompanying him in areas, where he travels by helicopter and the ‘black cats’ have to travel by road to catch up with him.

“The roads are immotorable, as they are mined and hence it is difficult to send these commandos every time the CM travels to interior Naxal hotbeds,” an official said.

Suggesting a solution, he said some occupants in the CM’s chopper could be replaced by commandos who can travel with him all the time.

The commandos are armed with sophisticated MP5 guns and modern communication gadgets and each member of the team are adept in martial arts and unarmed combat skills.

The squad has been provided accommodation in Raipur and the facilities are being enhanced.

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