Govt withdraws SPG security to Rahul, Sonia Gandhi

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

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

The Union government took the decision to withdraw Special Protection Group (SPG) cover after a security assessment, a senior official said.

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 The government had recently withdrawn the SPG cover of former prime minister Manmohan Singh.