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Home Minister Amit Shah declines NSG cover, continues with CRPF

New Delhi | Home minister Amit Shah has decided to continue with the Central Reserve Police Force  as his security.

According to multiple reports, after Shah was appointed the home minister in May, the VIP security assessment committee at the ministry of home affairs (MHA) met to decide who would be in charge of his security — CRPF, which has protected him since July 2014, or the National Security Guards (NSG) commandos, who were providing cover to Shah’s predecessor Rajnath Singh.

A Home Ministry official recommended Amit Shah to opt for the NSG commandos, however, when asked Shah reportedly said that he preferred his current security cover.

The paramilitary force provides Z-Plus (the highest) category protection to Shah and is now also in charge of ASL (advanced security liaison) for security at his residence and office, as well as his travels.

Under Z-Plus cover, Shah is protected by 100 CRPF armed commandoes in three shifts.

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