Yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali food park in Haridwar will be now protected around the clock by armed commandos from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
The multi-crore-rupee food park is the eight private establishment to get CISF security cover. The others in the list include Infosys campuses in Bangalore, Mysore and Pune; Reliance Refinery and Petrochemicals in Jamnagar; the Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd.
CISF Director General Surender Singh said:
“This has been done under government orders. This the government law and order assessment showed a need for CISF deployment.”
He added that the ‘client’ will bear the entire cost of the deployment. The estimated cost is around Rs 40-50 lakh a year.
Around 35 armed men will be deployed at the food park and the barracks and vehicles will also be provided by the client.
Last year, CISF men were deployed at the park in Uttarakhand after clashes between security guards and truckers erupted there following which one person died.
Ramdev, who campaigned for BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, was given a ‘Z’ category protectee of central paramilitary forces. It is reserved for the people who are vulnerable to terror threats.