The central government has withdrawn the Special Protection Group security cover and will now be receiving the security from Central Reserve Police Force.
“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,” ANI quoted an unidentified Ministry of Home Affairs official as saying.
“Dr Manmohan Singh continues to have a Z-plus security cover.”
In similar moves earlier, Special Protection Group security covers granted to former prime ministers HD Deve Gowda and Vishwanath Pratap Singh have been withdrawn. However, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cover was kept intact until his death in 2018.
The Special Protection Group, which has more than 3,000 personnel, protects prime ministers, former prime ministers and their families. Special Protection Group cover would now be received by Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi.
The Special Protection Group was set up in 1985 following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi the year before.