NEW DELHI: The CRPF, which recently took over the duties of guarding RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani, has raised concerns in ensuring a ‘fool proof’ Z category security to the business tycoon in the absence of local logistical support to its squad.
The para-military force has written to the Union Home ministry alerting it about possible limitations its personnel may face in the event of an attack on Ambani who has been given VIP security.
Official sources said the CRPF has desired that the Home Ministry take immediate steps and notify all the states in the country to provide a local police squad whenever the VIPs under its elite ‘Z’ category cover move in their respective jurisdictions.
Also, they said local intelligence and data on topography should be provided to its 28-member squad commander moving along with the protectee.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has recently deployed an elite squad of its commandos for securing Ambani who has been accorded a ‘Z’ category security after the Home Ministry analysed security threats to the industrialist and found them to be ‘positive’.
The force has reasoned that its security team deployed with the VIP is a mix of commandos coming from various parts of the country and they do not always know escape routes and potential threats particular to an area and at the place where the VIP they are securing is on the move, like in Mumbai or Kolkata.
The CRPF has asked notification of this arrangement in specific context of Ambani, whose security duty it has just taken over, while it has also asked for providing a similar facility to its new ‘Z’ class protectees.
It has recently taken over the security of media personality and former Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Matang Singh under the same category.
With Ambani’s security under its belt, this is the first time that the CRPF is 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.
In the case of Ambani, the security expenditure will be borne by him which is estimated to cost about Rs 15-16 lakh per month.
Ambani received a handwritten letter about two months ago that threatened an attack at his $1 billion Mumbai residence. He added that the Islamist group Indian Mujahideen was suspected of sending the letter, but investigations were still under way.
Social media websites were abuzz with criticism of the move, with many questioning why highly trained commandos should protect a private citizen.
Reliance already provides protection for Ambani, whose personal worth Forbes magazine has put at $21.5 billion, the source said. However, the company lacks government intelligence and, by law, private security guards are not allowed to carry sophisticated weapons.