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Government to downgrade Gandhi family's security cover from SPG rank to Z+  

File photo of Sonia Gandhi. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi Nov 08, 2019, 03.44 PM (IST)

The Indian government to withdraw highest level Special Protection Group (SPG) protection for the Gandhi family (Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra) and the trio will be accorded Z+ security henceforth, reported news agency ANI quoting government sources. 

Gandhi family members will be given Z+ security cover by Central Reserve Police Force all over India, ANI added quoting government sources.

The decision was taken after a security review recently, added the sources.

Modi government's decision comes a couple of months after former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's security cover was downgraded from the SPG rank to Z+ by the Ministry of Home Affairs. 

Manmohan Singh's security cover was downgraded in August 2019. 

The security cover has been reviewed as a periodical and professional exercise, based on the threat perception, MHA sources said while downgrading the security of Singh.