Home Ministry to withdraw SP chief Akhilesh Yadav's VIP security cover

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Home Ministry to withdraw SP chief Akhilesh Yadav's VIP security cover

After electoral defeat, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav is all set to get another jolt. The Centre has decided to withdraw his Z+ category 'black cat' commando security cover.

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will soon lose the Z+ Category security cover granted to him after a home ministry review. Top sources in the ministry confirmed that orders were issued to revoke Akhilesh Yadav's security.

Besides Akhilesh Yadav, the security cover of at least two dozen other VIPs has also been either withdrawn or scaled-down.

The decision was taken after a comprehensive review of the VIP protectees under the umbrella of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) -- conducted by the Union home ministry.

Sources said the decision to withdraw the NSG cover of the Samajwadi Party (SP) president was based on the assessment of threat perception. The official orders will be issued soon, top officials confirmed to India Today TV.

Akhilesh Yadav, however, will continue to get state police cover.

He was accorded the top category VIP security in 2012 during the UPA regime at the Centre.

A team of about 22 NSG commandos, armed with sophisticated weapons, had been deputed with Akhilesh Yadav as part of his security cover. They will be now called back soon after the orders are received by the force.

In Uttar Pradesh, NSG will have now just 3 VVIP's to protect. NSG 'black cats' cover of Akhilesh Yadav's father and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav will continue. The other two are BSP supremo Mayawati and state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

With the latest order, NSG will have 12 prominent politicians under its security cover, including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, ex-CMs Chandrababu Naidu and Farooq Abdullah.