Congress walkout of Lok Sabha over withdrawal of Gandhis’ SPG Cover

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The Congress along with other opposition parties on Tuesday staged protest and demanded a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah over withdrawal of Special Protection Group (SPG) cover from the Gandhi family.

The Special Protection Group is an elite force that protects prime ministers and their immediate families.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue in Lok Sabha and said the family faces threat to life and their SPG security should not have been withdrawn.

Congress members were heard shouting slogans such as ‘stop politics’, ‘end dictatorship’ and ‘we want justice’.

The Centre on November 8 withdrew SPG security cover from Gandhi family and accorded Z+ security by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Prime Minister Modi is now the only person currently protected by SPG.

According to the sources, the decision was taken on the recommendation of a top security review panel that carried out a threat perception assessment and found there was no direct threat to them.

The SPG was formed in 1985, a year after Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards.