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Amit Shah in Z-plus club

New Delhi, July 2: Narendra Modi’s closest aide Amit Shah has been accorded Z-plus security following a “very high” threat perception, official sources said today.

The CRPF has been asked to take care of the security arrangements, the sources said.

Shah was a minister of state for home in Gujarat when Modi was chief minister. Later, he took over the BJP’s election management for Uttar Pradesh, preparing the ground for the party’s stunning victory in the heartland state.

“The threat perception for Amit Shah is very high as he is seen to be a radical. Also, he may be travelling a lot as he is a probable for the next BJP president’s post,” a home ministry source said.

Shah is an accused in the fake encounter deaths of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Kauser Bi and Tulsi Prajapati. He was arrested and released on bail.

Ministry officials said Shah faces threats from the Indian Mujahideen and the Students’ Islamic Movement of India. Both the outfits are believed to have plotted attacks on Modi during his election campaign tours.

Intelligence agencies say one such attack was the Gandhi Maidan blasts in Patna last October just ahead of a rally Modi attended.

Z-plus security entails a permanent presence of 36 security personnel round-the-clock with the VIP, whether he is at home or travelling. It is just below the level of the SPG security accorded to the Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers and their families.

The ministry sources said a central decision was required because while Shah was granted security in Gujarat, states like Uttar Pradesh “did not honour” the other state’s decision.

Following the Union home ministry’s decision today, states will be bound to contribute to Shah’s security detail whenever he travels. L.K. Advani also enjoys Z-plus security.