Indian Govt withdraws SPG cover of Gandhi family
Published: 20:57 8 November 2019 Updated: 20:58 8 November 2019
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Photo: PTI
The government has decided to take away the elite SPG protection from Gandhi family, Indian officials said on Friday. Instead of this Gandhi family members- Sonia, Rahul, and Priyanka will get 'Z+' security by CPRF on an all-India basis.
The sources said the security of the Gandhi family will now be taken over by commandos trained by the Central Reserve Police Force. The sources added that the decision to withdraw the SPG security cover has been taken after assessing threat inputs from all agencies.
In the recent past, there has been no direct threat to the Gandhi family, said India Today.
Recently, the government had downgraded the security cover of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Singh's security cover was downgraded from SPG to Z+.
Reacting on the reports, senior Congress leader Nana Patole said that the move was a conspiracy and a hidden agenda of the RSS. "The country knows Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi made sacrifices. The threat to Gandhi family is known," Patole said, adding that the Congress will not allow anything to happen to the family.
The Special Protection Group is an elite armed force that provides proximate security to the Prime Minister of India and his or her family members. The SPG also protects former prime ministers for a certain time; this protection is reviewed periodically and is extended or downgraded.
The SPG was formed after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who was murdered while she was in office by her own bodyguards. Indira Gandhi was then protected by an ace unit of the Delhi Police. Indira Gandhi's assassination led to the formation of the Special Security Group, later it covered her family members.
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