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India to provide top security to its richest man, say reports

Published on Apr 22, 2013 2:07 PM
 
Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited Mukesh Ambani (right) arrives for the company's annual general meeting with his wife Nita in Mumbai on June 7, 2012. The Indian government is to provide the country's richest man Mr Ambani, with full-time security from armed commandos, media reports said on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MUMBAI (AFP) - The Indian government is to provide the country's richest man Mukesh Ambani, head of energy giant Reliance Industries, with full-time security from armed commandos, media reports said on Monday.

India's home ministry approved the move, the Times of India said, two months after a letter threatening to harm Mr Ambani was hand-delivered to his office in Mumbai, allegedly from the banned Indian Mujahideen militant group.

Citing an unnamed government source, the newspaper said Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had approved the so-called "Z category" top-grade security for Mr Ambani, which is usually reserved for prominent political leaders.

The businessman will now be accompanied by vehicles containing commandos armed with sophisticated weapons wherever he travels in the city or elsewhere in India, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency said.

 
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