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Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019

Security breach at Priyanka Gandhi’s home, selfie seekers barge in: Report

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

india Updated: Dec 02, 2019 20:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
There was a security breach at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s Lodhi Estate home last week
There was a security breach at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s Lodhi Estate home last week(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
         

In a security breach, seven unknown persons drove up to Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s Lodhi Estate home in Delhi, got off the car, and approached her for selfies, PTI reported on Monday quoting sources.

The reported breach is said to have taken place on November 26. The Congress leader’s office has taken up the matter with the Central Reserve Police Force.

The car drove right up to the porch near the garden at her home with three men, three women and a girl coming out of the vehicle, PTI said quoting the sources mentioned above.

They walked up to the Congress leader and asked for selfies with her.

Priyanka Gandhi, the sources say, was friendly to them. The uninvited people took pictures with her and then left, added sources.

Commenting on the alleged breach in security, G Kishan Reddy, Minister of State for Home Affairs, said: “I don’t know the details yet... I will go and discuss the matter with my officers.”

The government had last month replaced SPG security cover given to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi with Z-plus security cover of the CRPF.

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

On Nov 21 when Priyanka was queried on the removal of SPG cover from the Gandhis, told reporters it is “part of politics” and something that “keeps happening”.

The Congress has protested the withdrawal of SPG security cover of Gandhis both in parliament and outside.

The Gandhis are without SPG protection after 28 years. They were included in the VVIP security list following an amendment in September, 1991 in the SPG Act of 1988.

On November 27, the Lok Sabha passed a bill to amend the SPG Act.

According to the amendment, the SPG will now protect the prime minister and members of his immediate family residing with him at his official residence.

It will also provide security to former prime ministers and their immediate family members staying with them at the residence allotted for a period of five years from the date on which they cease to hold the office.