The Special Protection Group (SPG) cover for the Gandhi family was withdrawn ten days ago. The Congress said that the alternative security protocol in it’s place was unsafe and dangerous. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul and Priyanka were protected by the SPG. This cover was removed by the government and replaced with Z plus category.
The Congress General Secretary K. C.Venugopal while speaking to the Press, said that the party was extremely upset and concerned about the quality of the security provided by the CRPF and the Delhi Police. He conveyed that the present government was acting in an irresponsible manner by undermining the security of a family that lost two precious lives to terrorist violence. Even the ballistic resistant Tata Safari cars were phased out. He also made it clear that quality of access control at 10 Janpath was deteriorating day by day and requested the Centre to take necessary steps to protect the leaders.