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Centre downgrades Gandhi family's security cover to Z+ from SPG


NEW DELHI: The government has decided to take away the elite SPG protection from Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and daughter Priyanka, officials said on Friday.

The Gandhi family will now get 'Z+' security by the CRPF on an all-India basis, they said.

The Union government took the decision to withdraw the Gandhi family's Special Protection Group (SPG) cover after a security assessment by multiple agencies, a senior official said.  The security agencies found there was no direct threat to them.

Sonia Gandhi's husband Rajiv Gandhi and mother-in-law Indira Gandhi was assassinated while they were prime ministers. The government had recently withdrawn the SPG cover of former prime minister Manmohan Singh.