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SP Leader Amar Singh gets ‘Z’ category security again

New Delhi, Jan 8 (PTI) Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh has been accorded ‘Z’ category security cover of central paramilitary commandos by the Union government due to threat perception following “recent activities”, a development that comes in the backdrop of infighting in SP ahead of UP Assembly polls.

Officials said the Union Home Ministry issued an order in this regard last night and asked the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to take up the task with immediate effect.

“In view of recent activities, there is perceptible threat (to Singh),” an official said citing inputs provided by central security agencies but did not elaborate.

Singh, a close aide of Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh, will have a contingent of least two dozen armed commandos of the CISF as part of the ‘Z’ cover and they will secure him everytime he is mobile in Uttar Pradesh.

When he is in Delhi, a small team of Delhi Police is expected to take up the same responsibility.

Singh, who became MP in May last year after a patch-up with SP leadership, has come into limelight again as Mulayam and his son Akhilesh Yadav are locked in a battle over the control of Samajwadi Party.

The cover has been accorded based on threat inputs provided by central security agencies that stated that Singh faces possible danger and hence should be brought under “proximate” VIP security cover of central security forces commandos.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav supposedly possesses a clean image and wants to portray himself as a youth icon but questions still persist over the hooligan elements present in the state, especially when law and order has been a hot topic over the past few years.

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