SPG Pro­tec­tion to Gand­his With­drawn So­nia, Rahul, Priyanka will be guarded by CRPF fol­low­ing threat as­sess­ment by home secy-led panel

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New Delhi: The gov­ern­ment said it has de­cided to with­draw Spe­cial Pro­tec­tion Group (SPG) cover for the Gandhi fam­ily fol­low­ing a se­cu­rity re­view. Con­gress in­terim pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi, mem­ber of par­lia­ment Rahul Gandhi and All In­dia Con­gress Com­mit­tee gen­eral sec­re­tary Priyanka Gandhi will now be guarded by Cen­tral Re­serve Po­lice Force (CRPF) com­man­dos in­stead, the gov­ern­ment said.

The de­ci­sion was taken af­ter a threat as­sess­ment by a com­mit­tee headed by the Union home sec­re­tary that con­sid­ered in­puts from the In­tel­li­gence Bureau (IB), SPG and other agen­cies, said peo­ple with knowl­edge of the mat­ter.

Un­der the Spe­cial Pro­tec­tion Group Act, the SPG is man­dated to pro­vide se­cu­rity to prime min­is­ters, for­mer prime min­is­ters and mem­bers of their im­me­di­ate fam­i­lies. Re­views, in ac­cor­dance with the SPG Act, are held pe­ri­od­i­cally to ex­am­ine the threat level based on which se­cu­rity cover is ex­tended or with­drawn, the sources said.

The re­view cited above mainly ex­am­ined the threat from mil­i­tant and ex­trem­ist groups and whether risks to the Gandhi fam­ily were of a “grave and con­tin­u­ing na­ture,” said one of the per­sons. The SPG Act was amended in 1991 af­ter the as­sas­si­na­tion of for­mer prime min­is­ter Ra­jiv Gandhi in Tamil Nadu to pro­vide se­cu­rity for his im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers.

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