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Posted at: Mar 9, 2016, 12:35 AM; last updated: Mar 9, 2016, 12:35 AM (IST)

Ramdev’s food park gets full-time CISF cover

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 8

Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Private Limited of Baba Ramdev in Haridwar has been given security cover by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a facility extended by the Centre to only a handful of private establishments.

CISF Director General Surender Singh, during his annual media interaction here, said the CISF had recently received the government’s order in this regard and 35 armed men would be deployed at the facility and Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Private Limited would bear the entire cost of the deployment.

A squad of 35 CISF men had been deployed at the said facility in the middle of last year for temporary security duties after some protests erupted there and after the fresh orders, they would be deployed there round the clock, a senior official said.

The move assumes significance as CISF cover has been sparingly granted to the private sector. The CISF is currently providing security cover to seven private establishments- Infosys Bengaluru; Reliance Refinery Jamnagar; Coastal Gujarat Power Limited Mundra, Gujarat; TATA Steel Kalinganagar, Odisha; Electronic City, Bengaluru; Infosys Mysore; and Infosys Pune. The Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Private Limited will be the eighth private institute to be given CISF cover.

The food park will be the eighth such unit which will be guarded by the paramilitary force after it was first mandated for such tasks in the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Officials said the expenditure for security deployment at the multi-acre food park is estimated to be about Rs 40 lakh per annum and logistical facilities for these men like barracks, armoury and vehicles will also be provided by the “client”.

Ramdev has set up a business empire worth thousands of crores of rupees in personal care and food products sector, is himself a “‘Z” category protectee of central paramilitary forces.

Officials said sophisticated weapons toting CISF commando squad would be headed by an Assistant Commandant-rank officer and would be deployed on a ‘quick reaction team’ pattern which entails stationing them in vantage positions. The teams react like they would in the wake of any terrorist attack or sabotage like activity.

However, the routine entry and exit would be regulated by the staff and private security hired by the client, they said.

They said a security and intelligence audit report before finalisation of the deployment found that the food park has been facing a threat as it is visited by tourists, both foreign and domestic, and also is vulnerable from the point of view of local law and order disturbances as witnessed last year in June.

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