SPG security cover to former PM Manmohan Singh withdrawn; gets CRPF security

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New Delhi: Top Special Protection Group (SPG) security to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been withdrawn following Home Ministry’s routine assessment taking the inputs of all agencies.

Singh will now have Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) cover.

According to reports, Singh’s security has been reassessed as part of an annual exercise to review the SPG cover that only a select few are entitled to.

The elite force, which guards the country’s most protected politicians, will now be tasked with guarding only four people — Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

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“The current security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception that is purely based on a professional assessment by security agencies. Dr Manmohan Singh continues to have a Z+ security cover,” a home ministry official was quoted in a report.

Meanwhile, Manmohan Singh’s close aid was quoted in a report, saying that he is “personally not concerned about his security” and will go by the government’s decision.

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