This is the first time that the CRPF would be providing VIP security to a private person on the lines of a similar cover it extends to government functionaries in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.

Amid reports of threat to Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman Mukesh Ambani from banned terrorist organisation, Indian Mujahideen (IM), the Centre has decided to give the business tycoon ‘Z’ security cover.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) recently approved the second highest security cover for Mr. Ambani. He will be guarded by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandos and escorted by pilot and follow-on vehicles. This is probably the first time that a private person will be given security cover akin to prominent political leaders. In the recent past, Mr. Ambani has reportedly received threats from IM for his proximity to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

“Under the ‘Z’ security cover, Mr. Ambani will be surrounded by over 20 commandos and personnel armed with sophisticated weapons. Apart from the Mumbai police that had recently done a review of Mr. Ambani’s security after his office received the threat letter, Central intelligence agencies also made an evaluation before deciding to deploy CRPF to guard him. The Mumbai police was consulted,” a senior MHA official said.

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