NEW DELHI: The Centre has cleared a proposal to provide CISF security cover to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who faces a high security threat as per an assessment by security and intelligence agencies.
The Maharashtra Police and State Reserve Police have been providing Z-plus security to Bhagwat.
Sources in the central paramilitary force said the task would now be taken over by the CISF’s Special Security Group, which would provide mobile security cover to the RSS leader.
The CISF presently provides security cover to over 40 high-risk individuals.
“A proposal was received last year also. But it could not be implemented due to certain issues like keeping Maharashtra Police cover at certain places and involving the CISF for some other locations. We had suggested that to ensure seamless coordination as well as strength of personnel at all places, including while travelling across the country, the security should be handed over to only one agency. The suggestion was later sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs,” sources said.
Following the failed terror attempt at RSS headquarters in Nagpur in 2006, several intelligence reports in the recent years had warned of terrorist plot to attack Hindu leaders.