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Ramdev gets Z- plus security cover.

Move comes in the wake of increased threat

YOGAguru Ramdev was provided Z- category security across the country by the central government after an assessment by security agencies indicated that he is vulnerable to attacks from opponents. The decision was made by the Home Ministry after receiving inputs on the increased threat perception.

Till now, Ramdev was entitled to Z- category security only within the jurisdiction of Uttarakhand in line with a decision of the state government.

Sources said Ramdev will be given commandos from a paramilitary

paramilitary force with immediate effect. As many as 40 security personnel will guard him round- the- clock.

Ramdev, founder of the

Haridwar- based Patanjali Yogpeeth, is perceived to be close to the ruling BJP and supported the party ahead of Lok Sabha elections as he was attacked by the Congress. He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this month.

He has also been vocal for several years about action to bring

back black money stashed abroad and punishment for those found guilty. As part of his anti- corruption movement, he held a public rally for a few days at Ramlila Maidan in 2011. A police crackdown on the protest in the middle of the night created a controversy.

The Z- plus category is for people with the highest threat perception, followed by Z, Y and X. Those in the Z- plus category get personal guards and mobile security. The Z category includes personal guards while travelling and a contingent at the residence. The Y and X categories include personal guards depending on the threat perception.

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Date:Nov 18, 2014
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