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Days after Punjab government withdrew its security, Center grants ‘Z’ category protection to Akal Takht Jathedar

ByJanice K. Merrill

Jun 3, 2022

CRPF commandos will be responsible for its security, an official said. Akal Takht is the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs and Jathedar, its chief named

Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Harpreet Singh. ANI

New Delhi: Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Harpreet Singh, has been granted Category ‘Z’ security by the Union Home Ministry, officials said on Friday.

The decision to grant the country’s second category of security to the Sikh religious leader was made in light of the heightened threat perception.

Category Z security was provided to Jathedar from Akal Takht Giani Harpreet Singh. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandos will be in charge of its security, an official said.

Akal Takht is the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs and Jathedar its designated ruler.

The Akal Takht Jathedar was one of more than 400 people whose safety was withdrawn by the newly formed AAP government in Punjab. Even though its security was later restored, the Jathedar refused to take over security from the state government.

Now it will be brought to safety by central government CRPF commandos, another official said.
As part of category “Z” security, approximately 16 to 20 armed commandos are deployed in teams with the beneficiary 24 hours a day.

It will also be provided with an attendant and a pilot vehicle when traveling by road.

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