Indian Youth Congress members on Friday protested over SPG security of the Gandhi family being withdrawn by the government, outside the residence of Home Minister Amit Shah. Earlier in the day, the official Twitter handle of the Indian Youth Congress had informed about carrying out protests outside the official residence of the Home Minister. Condemning the government's decision to withdraw the SPG cover of the Gandhi family, the Indian Youth Congress stated, " We condemn the vindictive and shameful vendetta politics of the Modi govt in removing SPG protection from Smt Sonia Ji, Rahul Gandhi Ji, and Priyanka Ji."
We condemn the vindictive and shameful vendetta politics of the Modi govt in removing SPG protection from Smt Sonia ji ,@RahulGandhi and @priyankagandhi.— Youth Congress (@IYC) November 8, 2019
IYC President @srinivasiyc leads from the front in the protest outside Home Minister @AmitShah's residence, right now. pic.twitter.com/Milt9nUopA
In a significant development, sources have confirmed that the Gandhi family will lose their SPG security cover, as part of security rejig. Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, former Cong president Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi who currently have SPG cover will now get Z+ security, with Special Protection Group cover only henceforth being granted to the serving Prime Minister and the President. Sources also informed Republic TV that a major change can be expected in the SPG cover procedures by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), following an amendment being brought to the SPG act in the coming Winter session of Parliament. In-principle approval for the changes was given in a meeting of the MHA last month, sources added.
The Z+ security level is a notch below the SPG. This level of security is provided by National Security Guard (NSG) commandos, also known as 'black cats' owing to their black outfit and black cat insignia worn on their uniform. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) also has its men part of the unit. The teams are armed with advanced guns and modern communication equipment, and each member of the team is adept in martial arts and unarmed combat skills.