India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, to be guarded by armed commandos

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 2:25am


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.

India's home ministry approved the move two months after a letter threatening to harm Ambani was hand-delivered to his office in Mumbai.

The letter was allegedly from the banned Indian Mujahideen militant group, the Times of India said. Citing an unnamed government source, the newspaper said Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had approved the so-called "Z category" top-grade security for Ambani usually reserved for political leaders.

He will now be accompanied by vehicles containing commandos armed with sophisticated weapons wherever he travels in the city or elsewhere in India. The Central Reserve Police Force has earmarked a 28-member team for the task, reports said.

Anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal was among those unimpressed by the move. "Such a rich man can't hire his own security guards?" he wrote on Twitter.

The Indian Mujahideen had reportedly threatened to harm Ambani for backing Hindu nationalist Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is expected to make a bid to become prime minister in polls next year.