The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has granted 'X' category armed security cover of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to four Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in Punjab.
According to reports, the central government has issued the order to the CRPF to provide 'X' category protection to the BJP leader after an Intelligence Bureau (IB) report indicated a threat to them.
The protection is provided for BJP leaders former MLA Jagdip Singh Nakai and Amarjit Singh Tikka, former Punjab cabinet ministers Balbir Singh Sidhu and Gurpreet Singh Kanga are the others provided the 'X' category security.
All four leaders had recently switched to BJP from Congress.
Based on the IB reports and analysing the threat assessments, the Home Ministry grants 'X', 'Y', 'Y+', 'Z', and 'Z+' security cover.
The CISF and the CRPF are tasked by the MHA to provide security cover to VIPs.
Earlier in October, 'Y' category security was provided for five BJP leaders in Punjab based on the IB report of the threat.