New Delhi: Nearly two battalions (2,000 personnel) of Central paramilitary force will be required for providing security cover to the refinery of Reliance group at Jamnagar in Gujarat.
An official with the Union home ministry said that on receiving sanction from the government for providing security to the refinery, a thorough survey of the installation was conducted after which a strength of nearly 2,000 personnel was recommended.
The ministry’s clearance came following intelligence inputs suggesting that Pakistan-based terrorists might try to target these installations launching a surprise attack similar to the one in Mumbai last year.
The official said the security cover would include setting up of crack commandos and quick reaction teams for the petroleum refinery. An air defence mechanism would also be placed, he added.
The Centre has enlarged the role of the Central Industrial Security Force from guarding government establishment to providing security to installations in the private sector in the wake of the 26/11 attack.
Jamnagar refinery of Reliance is close to India-Pakistan border in Gujarat which makes it vulnerable to terrorist attack from the neighbouring country.