SPG Protection to Gandhis Withdrawn Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka will be guarded by CRPF following threat assessment by home secy-led panel
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with the SPG Act, are held periodically to examine the threat level based on which security cover is extended or withdrawn, the sources said.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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