In yet another move of women’s empowerment, CRPF women commandos trained in VIP security will soon be added to the security detail of Z-plus category protectees based in Delhi, including home minister Amit Shah, Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as well as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Sources said the women personnel, who had been through a mandatory course covering all aspects of VIP security, might also accompany the protected persons on campaign visits to the states where assembly polls are due in the near future.
The CRPF has raised its first-ever contingent of 32 women commandos in its VIP security wing and they have just concluded a 10-week training in unarmed combat, body frisking and special weapons firing. Sources said they are likely to be deployed starting from January.
About a dozen other Z-plus protectees will be provided security by the women commandos on a rotational basis, sources said. The commandos will be deployed starting with the house protection teams of these VIPs and could accompany the leaders on visits to five states going to polls in the coming months — Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa.
The women commandos, like their male counterparts, will carry arms, ballistic protection and other gadgets as required on the job.