In this file photo taken on May 09, 2021 A medical worker displays a vial of the Covaxin vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus at a vaccination centre in Mumbai.
In this file photo taken on May 09, 2021 A medical worker displays a vial of the Covaxin vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus at a vaccination centre in Mumbai.
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The Centre has on Tuesday accorded a security cover of armed CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) commandos for the Hyderabad premises of COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech, news agency ANI reported.

A total of 64 armed personnel, headed by an inspector-level officer, will provide security starting June 14, CISF officials said.

The officials said the registered office and plant of the company located at Genome Valley in the Shameerpet area of Hyderabad will be secured the paramilitary force.

Why has Centre accorded CISF cover for Bharat Biotech campus in Hyderabad?

"The organisation is an important facility when it comes to ensuring medical and health security of the country and it obviously faces a terror threat from various inimical elements. The CISF, hence, has been tasked to secure the Bharat Biotech facility in Hyderabad," an official told news agency PTI.

For the uninitiated, the CISF was allowed to secure private installations of public importance following the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, where five-star luxury hotels and a Jewish Chabad house were targetted by members of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The force guards about 10 such facilities across the country, including the Infosys campuses in Pune and Mysuru, the Reliance IT Park in Navi Mumbai and Yoga exponent Ramdev's Patanjali factory premises in Uttarakhand's Haridwar.

(With PTI inputs)

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