"A contingent of armed CISF commandos will take charge of the new protectee very soon. Patel will have about eight commandos with him, whenever he travels in Gujarat," a senior official said.
He said a threat analysis report, prepared by central intelligence and security agencies, favoured granting of such a cover to Patel.
There is a potential threat to his security and hence he needs an armed cover, they said.
The 24-year-old Patidar leader had yesterday declared the support of PAAS for the Congress in the Gujarat assembly elections next month after the latter accepted its demand for reservation for the Patel community.
Elections in Gujarat will be held on December 9 and 14.
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