Lucknow: Yogi Adityanath, the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has been given ‘Z+’ security by the Centre. The security cover will be provided by a special commando team of the Central Industrial Security Force or CISF along with a small contingent of the Uttar Pradesh police.
Yogi Adityanath, in his capacity as a BJP Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur, till now had a ‘Y’ security cover, which is the smallest VVIP security category by the CISF. Officials say with him taking charge as chief minister, a threat perception report of central security agencies required his security cover to be upgraded.
“The Chief Minister’s security has been bolstered and he will now be secured by a strong team of CISF commandos every time he moves across the country. A similar commando contingent will be deployed at his official residence,” a senior officer said.
As part of the new and upgraded security, Yogi Adityanath will have about 25-28 commandos accompanying him with sophisticated weapons at all times that he is moving and his convoy will have pilot and escort vehicles armed with jammers. Under the ‘Y’ cover, he was accompanied by about two to three commandos when he travelled, officials said.
A Central Industrial Security Force squad from its Special Security Group (SSG) has recently taken charge of his security in Lucknow, they said. Yogi Adityanath took charge as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh earlier this month after the BJP won the state assembly election by a landslide, winning 325 of the state’s 403 assembly seats with the help of its allies; the party has returned to power in the state after 15 years.