Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare

After the success of anti-corruption campaign, the hero of the campaign Anna Hazare would get Z category security, reported DNA.

The Ahmednagar police will be providing Anna Hazare with Z category security (high security cover of 22 personnel) with immediate effect.

The news to provide Z security for Anna came after his heroic return to his home town Ralegan Siddhi.

"Ever since his success with the Jan Lokpal movement, Anna has become an iconic figure for the nation. Keeping this in mind, we have decided to provide him with Z category security," said Prakash, said Ahmednagar's Superintendent of Police Krishna Prakash.

According to the report the 74-year-old Gandhiyan is not ready to accept Z security protection saying that "social activist who work for the betterment of the society does not require any protection.

However, highlighting his security concern Ahmednagar police is insisting Anna Hazare to accept the proposal.

"I told him that the police had a duty to ensure his safety and so he accepted the proposal in a half-hearted manner," said Prakash.

Prakash who had come to discuss the question of security with the anti-corruption crusader denied giving any information regarding threat to Anna.

"However, we do have to take precautions against any attacks by insane people," he claimed.

On Friday, Hazare had two policemen in plainclothes guarding him round the clock.

The report also mentioned that the Gandhian leader was earlier provided with police protection in 2007, which was withdrawn at the behest of Hazare himself.

Around 50 policemen, including a police inspector and eight armed commandos, were seen guarding the Padmavati temple's guesthouse where Hazare has been staying since his return to his village on Thursday.

Security protection is given to high risk individuals; individuals under the security blanket includes Cabinet ministers, chief ministers, Supreme Court and High Court judges, leading politicians, senior bureaucratese.

In India security category is divided into four categories Z+ (36 personnel), Z (22 personnel), Y (11 personnel) and X (2personnel). The highest security protection is Z+.