Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's top Special Protection Group (SPG) security cover has been withdrawn. Singh will have Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) cover, the home ministry has decided.
According to a report in NDTV, Manmohan Singh's security has been reassessed as part of an annual exercise to review SPG cover, which is given to the country's most protected politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi.
The current security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception that is purely based on professional assessment by security agencies. Dr. Manmohan Singh continues to have a Z+ security cover, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said
Similar security protections were also withdrawn from former prime ministers HD Deve Gowda and VP Singh. Based on threat perception, Special Protection Group is given to former Prime Ministers and their families.
Former PM Manmohan Singh’s daughters had already relinquished their SPG cover. So had former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's foster daughter.