Amidst the face off between India and Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack, the Ministry of Home Affairs has now decided to upgrade the security cover of IAF and Navy chief to Z+ cover.
“In a meeting happened at MHA yesterday to review the internal security across the country, a decision was taken to increase the security for Air Force and Navy Chiefs. Now both these Chiefs will be provided with Z+ category security. Order to this effect has been passed,” a Home Ministry official said.
In the Z+ security cover, 55 personnel guard the personality which includes 10 National Security Guards or NSG commandos. The Z+ category is considered to be India’s highest security cover.
In a report published in NDTV, the order stated as “The security arrangements in respect of Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and Admiral Sunil Lanba has been examined in this Ministry. It has been decided to provide them 'Z+' category security in the central list. Delhi Police is, therefore, requested to provide Z+ category security to Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and Admiral Sunil Lanba, immediately, under intimation to this Ministry.”
A Home Ministry official added that “As Army chief already has enough security, keeping in mind the present situation and assessing the threat level, a decision was taken to increase the security cover to Air Force and Navy Chiefs to match with Army Chief.”
India and Pakistan have been under proxy warfare since the terror attack in Pulwama and India’s air strike at the terror camps of Jaish-e-Mohammad across the LoC.