New Delhi: The Centre has extended a Z category cover of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) armed commandos to the opposition’s presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha, officials said on Friday.
The squad has taken over the task after the Union home ministry directed the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) VIP security wing to ensure protection to the 84-year-old Sinha. The armed personnel, about eight to ten working in shifts, will escort Sinha whenever he moves across the country, they said.
A higher Z-plus cover of CRPF commandos has also been accorded to the NDA presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu. The CRPF has provided the security to Ms Murmu from Wednesday morning following orders received from the Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday evening.
Sinha is expected to file his nomination on June 27 following which he will travel across the country seeking votes in his favour. The presidential election would be held on July 18 to elect a successor to incumbent Ram Nath Kovind and the result would be out on July 21. Kovind’s term will end on July 24.