Amritanandamayi, popularly known as Amma, becomes the second spiritual teacher after Yoga guru-turned-entrepreneur Baba Ramdev to be given Z level security.

A team of specially trained CRPF commandos would ensure Amritanandamayi's safety. According to government officials, the Z category cover will be provided to Amma all over India.

Amritanandamayi, 64, and her main ashram in Vallikavu near Kollam will be guarded by 40 CRPF personnel, out of which, around two dozen are expected to move around with her round the clock. As part of the cover, the commandos will provide proximate security to the spiritual leader, who will also have two escort vehicles in her convoy when she travels. 

A decision to this effect was taken after central security intelligence agencies submitted a report underlining a "high level" of threat to her in and around the ashram area. They said a security survey of the 'Amritanandmayi math' in Vallikavu had been undertaken. She had earlier been attacked twice, once in 2005 and then in 2012.

The Amritanandmayi group runs a number of educational institutions in the country and an international charity network in over 40 countries.

(with agency inputs)