New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who faces the highest level of threat from terrorist groups, continues to be protected by the Central Reserve Police Force at his insistence, government officials said.
According to the officials, Shah who was appointed as the home minister in May, the VIP security assessment committee had conducted a meeting to decide who would be in charge of his security- CRPF or National Security Guards (NSG) commandos.
Before the final decision on VIP security, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) committee takes into account the threat perception by the Intelligence Bureau (IB). And it was found that Shah faces the highest level of threat from terrorist groups after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Although some members of the committee insisted that NSG be continued to secure the home minister, Shah said that he was satisfied with CRPF.
The paramilitary force provides Z-Plus (the highest) category protection to Shah and is now also in charge of ASL (advanced security liaison) for security at his residence and office, as well as his travels.
Shah under Z-Plus cover is protected by 100 CRPF armed commandos in three shifts and he is the first union home minister who is protected by CRPF.