Security breach at Priyanka Gandhi’s home in Delhi in November, car with family drove in, asked for photo

There was reportedly a security breach at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s Lodhi Estate home last week with unknown persons barging in and asking for selfies, sources said on Monday

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

PTI

There was a security breach at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's Lodhi Estate home last week with unknown persons barging in and asking for selfies, sources said on Monday, adding that her office has taken up the matter with the CRPF.

The Centre last month replaced the SPG (Special Protection Group) cover of the family of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, assassinated by LTTE terrorists on May 21, 1991, with 'Z-plus' security provided by the Central Reserve Police Force.

Under Z-plus security, they are being protected by CRPF commandos in close proximity besides guards at their homes and wherever they travel in the country.

Five people came out of the vehicle after it drove in right up to near the garden at Priyanka Gandhi's house. They asked for a photo to be taken with her, sources said.

According to sources, the family said they came all the way from a town in Uttar Pradesh to click a photo with her.

NDTV reported that this came as a surprise for Priyanka Gandhi as no visitor had sought a prior appointment. The CRPF official on duty was also not informed about any visitors who had an appointment to meet Priyanka.

Realising the security breach, the security detail was closed in on the visitors and the entire compound was put on alert, sources said.

According to NDTV, this security breach is one of the worst ones because the guards did not only let the vehicle drove in but they also didn’t verify the identity of the passengers.

"Yes it (security breach) did happen, but no hell broke loose at all. She (Priyanka Gandhi) chatted to them nicely, took pictures and they went back. But after that others in the office took it up with the CRPF," NDTV quoted a senior official from Priyanka Gandhi's office.

Special Protection Group cover for Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi has also been withdrawn and they were placed under Z-plus category.

The government sources attributed the revision to a lower threat perception for the family, who had been under the tightest possible security after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991 by bombers of the Lankan terror group LTTE.

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    Published: 2 Dec 2019, 4:36 PM